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N. Korea calls itself 'nuclear-armed state' in revised constitution
TOKYO, May 30 (Yonhap) -- North Korea calls itself a "nuclear-armed state" in its recently revised constitution, according to its full text confirmed on Wednesday in the North's "Naenara" web site.

   Following December's death of leader Kim Jong-il, the North has revised its constitution to add three new sentences and one of them contains the term of a nuclear-armed state.

   "National Defense Commission Chairman Kim Jong-il has turned our fatherland into an invincible state of political ideology, a nuclear-armed state and an indomitable military power, paving the ground for the construction of a strong and prosperous nation," part of the revised constitution says.

   The North's previous constitution last revised on April 9, 2010, didn't contain such a term as nuclear-armed state.

   The revised constitution also idolized Kim Jong-il and elevated his standing equal to his father and the North's founder Kim Il-sung. Indeed, it refers to both Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il as the "sun of Korean people" and "elder of world politics."

   Established on September 8, 1948, the North Korean constitution had been revised in 1972, 1992, 1998, 2009 and 2010.

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