New Delhi: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made yet another public appearance and presided over a Central Military Commission meeting where he discussed “new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country”. Notably, the meeting marked Kim’s first public event since he visited a local fertilizer plant on May 1 after ending a 20-day absence from public view that sparked a slew of speculation over his health. Also Read - Kim Jong-un Calls For 'Maximum Alert' Against COVID-19 Crisis
According to Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the North Korean supreme leader discussed “important military steps and organizational and political measures to further bolster up the overall armed forces” at the meeting. Also Read - After Warning to 'Break Ties', North Korea Withdraws Military Action Plans Against South
KCNA its report said,”Set forth at the meeting were new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country and putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation in line with the general requirements for the building and development of the armed forces of the country.” Also Read - North Korea Reinstalling Loudspeakers Along Border: Report
However, it did not elaborate what the “new policies” for nuclear deterrence were. “Taken at the meeting were crucial measures for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability of the artillery pieces of the Korean People’s Army,” it added.
Kim signed seven “orders” related military measures discussed during the meeting. The KCNA did not say when the meeting was held, but state media usually report Kim’s activity a day after it happens, said the Yonhap News Agency.
(With agency inputs)