CLEVELAND, July 19 (UPI) — The Republican Party called North Korea a “slave state” and called for the hastening of “positive change” on the Korean peninsula in its new party platform adopted Monday.
The GOP statement also mentioned that the United States is to “continue to demand the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program with full accounting of its proliferation activities.”
But the party platform reserved its harshest words for Kim Jong Un, calling North Korea the “Kim family’s slave state,” a statement highlighting the chronic human rights abuses the regime has been accused of in past testimonies from North Korean defectors.
The declaration is also a stronger statement regarding the Pyongyang government that in past Republican Party platforms.
In 2012, the GOP referred to North Korea and Iran as “unstable” regimes, South Korean newspaper Seoul Economic Daily reported.
Pyongyang has so far conducted four nuclear tests since 2006, and analysts have said it’s likely the country could carry out another provocation soon.
China, a traditional ally, had condemned the tests and called for the restart of the six-party talks on denuclearization.
Beijing has also treaded carefully on the issues surrounding the Kim regime because of fears of instability at its border, but the GOP platform called on the government of China to “recognize the inevitability of change” in the North Korean state.
The Republican Party statement however did not include calls for expanding on defense expenditures in the Asia-Pacific region.