How North Korea's Use of Nuclear Weapons Violates the Most Fundamental International Rule

How North Korea's Use of Nuclear Weapons Violates the Most Fundamental International Rule

.By: Marlene Zieah.

North Korea, and other nuclear weapon states may be in violation of international law if a prohibition on such use is given jus cogens status - i.e., is deemed a preemptory norm. A ban on nuclear weapons satisfies the jus cogens test because their use is immoral, it disrupts international order, and no nation has used them in combat for seventy-two years. 

Image attribution: by Kok Leng Yeo from Singapore , available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pyongyang_Arch_of_Triumph.jpg

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