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North Korea to beef up defense capabilities after military meeting

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North Korea has concluded a three-day meeting of its Central Military Commission, in which it has reviewed its operational plans and the body’s commands with the aim of strengthening its deterrent power and defense capabilities.

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The third meeting of the eighth Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party, which was chaired by leader Kim Jong-un, concluded the day before, the North Korean state news agency KCNA reported Friday.

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The purpose of the appointment was to “review the military and political activities in general” of the army to adapt to “a historical phase of development” of the country, said the aforementioned media.

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During the meeting, it was approved to increase the number of vice presidents of the Central Military Commission and the operational plans of the front line combat units were reviewed, among others, to “rapidly reinforce national defense capabilities to put them at an appropriate level” to current times, detailed.

The North Korean military body also reviewed the work of the Defense Ministry and determined to “take a radical turn in the training of the army” with an eye toward “further strengthening the country’s war deterrence.”

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The report of the meeting published by KCNA does not offer details on the specific changes introduced or offer clues about the drift of the country’s nuclear strategy.

The meeting took place at a time when both the South Korean and US intelligence services consider that the North is already prepared to carry out a new nuclear test, which would be the first in five years, and some experts expected that the meeting shed light on this.

North Korea, which has been isolated since the start of the covid pandemic, has ignored calls from South Korea or the United States to resume stalled talks on denuclearization.

The North Korean regime approved last year a weapons modernization plan that would be behind the record number of projectile tests carried out this year, 19, and the preparations, captured since February, for a new atomic test. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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