North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Reveals New Game Plan to ‘Take Over’ the South
Since the beginning of the year, Kim Jong Un has been escalating military tensions on the Korean Peninsula through military displays like the recent launch of a new type of hypersonic missile. He has repeatedly identified South Korea as the primary enemy to consolidate internal unity and signal his readiness for conflict.
On the 15th, Kim expressed the importance of amending the constitution to include language stating that “in the event of war, the Republic of Korea must be completely occupied, pacified, reclaimed, and incorporated into the territory of the Republic.”
During a state address at the Supreme People’s Assembly held in Pyongyang on the same day, Kim called for constitutional changes to incorporate this territorial clause, as the Korean Central News Agency reported on the 16th.
He emphasized the necessity of legal measures to define the boundaries of sovereign control precisely, as the Republic of Korea has eliminated any notions that contradict the reality of viewing South Korea as a partner for reconciliation and unification of fellow citizens. Instead, it has been strictly classified as the most hostile nation.
Kim stressed the importance of adding clauses that discourage terminology that portrays North and South Korea as compatriots, such as “Three Thousand Miles of Golden Water and Mountains” and “80 Million People.” He highlighted the need to reinforce education and cultural initiatives to firmly regard the Republic of Korea as the primary hostile country and an unchanging adversary.
Furthermore, Kim declared that expressions in the constitution, including references to the northern half, autonomy, peaceful unification, and national unity, should be eliminated. He called for these issues to be addressed and the constitution of the Republic to be amended and reviewed during the next Supreme People’s Assembly.
Kim also directed the preparation of practical measures to address relics from the past that could be perceived as symbols of North-South Korean camaraderie and shared identity, as well as peaceful unification. He emphasized the need to implement incremental measures to thoroughly sever all North-South connections in the border region, including the complete physical disconnection of the North Korean portion of the Gyeongui Line, a symbol of inter-Korean exchange and cooperation, to an irreparable extent.
Kim Jong Un also declared his intention to remove any historical references to unification, reconciliation, and compatriots from the national history of the Republic. He specifically mentioned the removal of the Three Great Charters for the National Unification Monument, which currently stands at the southern entrance of the capital, Pyongyang.
Regarding strengthening national defense power, Kim clarified that it is not meant to initiate preemptive attacks for unilateral “forceful unification” but rather a legitimate defense force exercising the right to self-defense. He emphasized that North Korea would not initiate war as long as its adversaries refrain from hostile actions. However, he made it clear that if the prospect of war became imminent, he would swiftly and decisively take pre-emptive actions, including the use of nuclear weapons.
Kim warned: “Any boundary, including the illegal and unlawful Northern Limit Line (NLL), will not be tolerated as long as our state’s southern border is clearly defined. If the Republic of Korea encroaches even by 0.001mm into our territory, airspace, or territorial waters, it will be regarded as a provocative act of war.”
He further issued a threat, stating that any war instigated by their enemies would lead to the destruction of the Republic of Korea and would bring catastrophic defeat to the United States. Kim also boasted about the Republic’s readiness to utilize its full military power, including nuclear weapons, to punish their adversaries should they initiate a war decisively.