UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced concerns over North Korea's adoption of a new law outlining conditions under which it would launch a nuclear strike.
Pyongyang made the decision at its legislature on Thursday. Leader Kim Jong Un declared in a speech that the country's status as a nuclear weapons state has become "irreversible."
Stephane Dujarric, a spokesperson for the UN chief, told reporters on Friday how Guterres had reacted to North Korea's new law on the "Policy of Nuclear Force."
He said Guterres believes increasing the role and significance of nuclear weapons in security doctrines is contrary to decades of efforts by the international community to reduce and eliminate nuclear risks.
Dujarric noted that by pursuing a nuclear weapons program, including development of missiles using ballistic missile technology, the North is disregarding resolutions by the Security Council to cease such activities.
He added that Guterres reiterates his call for the North to resume dialogue with key parties to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.