Kim Jong Un wants to increase North Korea's nuclear war deterrence, says report

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 24, 2020, 04:12 PM(IST)

Kim Jong Un Photograph:( Reuters )

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Kim presided over a meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Military Commission (CMC), according to state news agency KCNA. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has proposed new policies to increase the nation's nuclear deterrence, a media report says.

The meeting is Kim's first known public appearance ever since the world speculated about his health. The global overthought was preceded by his attendance at a ceremony marking the opening of a fertiliser factory.

Kim presided over a meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Military Commission (CMC), according to state news agency KCNA. 

The meeting "served as a historic turning point of great significance in increasing the capabilities of the revolutionary armed forces," according to KCNA.

The news agency said "crucial measures for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability of the artillery pieces of the Korean People's Army" were taken at the meeting, as well as actions "putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation."

At the meeting, Kim signed seven orders. The orders concerned "enhancing" the responsibility and roles of major military educational institutions, reorganising the military command system "to meet the mission and duty of the security institutions" and promoting the military ranks of commanding officers, KCNA said.

The meeting also "reviewed and analysed a series of drawbacks in the military and political activities of the overall armed forces of the DPRK" and discussed "methodological issues for overcoming them and bringing about drastic improvement," according to KCNA.

Denuclearisation talks with the US stalled last fall. Kim warned the United States that it had until the end of that year to jump start the negotiations.

North Korea then began ramping up missile testing earlier this year.

In late March, the country fired an unidentified projectile into the sea off the coast of Japan for the sixth launch by the regime in less than a month.

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