N.Korea says it will never give up nuclear weapons, passes new law

North Korea adopted a law on Thursday outlining conditions under which it will launch a nuclear strike. The law stipulates that the nation will use such weapons preemptively if its leadership is attacked.

The country's leader Kim Jong Un gave a speech on Thursday, saying the North's status as a nuclear weapons state has become "irreversible," and said Pyongyang would never surrender its nuclear weapons.

His speech was aired on Friday by state-run Korean Central Television.

Kim also expressed strong distrust toward the United States, saying Washington wants the North to surrender its nuclear weapons, and bring down his regime.

Kim stressed that North Korea would never take the lead in denuclearization.