North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has urged for enhancing the country’s war deterrence capabilities in a more realistic and offensive manner to confront regional threats, state-run media reported on Tuesday.
Kim presided over a meeting of the Workers’ Party of Korea’s Central Military Committee on Monday, which was attended by senior military commanders and discussed the region’s ongoing security situation, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
“(Kim) stressed the need to strengthen the DPRK’s war deterrence with increasing speed on a more practical and offensive basis, and to effectively apply it as a measure for more strict control and management of the Korean peninsula’s ever-worsening security,” the North Korean leader was quoted as saying by the KCNA.
Pyongyang also accused the United States and South Korea of becoming more open in their plans to fight an aggressive war.
The summit warned that such actions made it necessary for North Korea to clarify its military choice and thoroughly ready to go to strong practical action.
Meanwhile, South Korea has voiced sadness over North Korea’s reluctance to answer daily via the inter-Korean liaison line and military hotline, describing the move as “unilateral and reckless.”
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen anew, with North Korea launching dozens of missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, in a series of military tests last year.
North Korea stated on Friday that it carried out another undersea nuclear attack drone test last week.
According to KCNA, the drone went 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) in an ellipse and a “8” located in Korea’s East Sea in 71 hours and 6 minutes.
During three-day military exercises that ended in late March, North Korea tested a new underwater nuclear weapon capable of generating a super-sized radioactive tsunami.
During the practice from March 21 to 23, the secret weapon, “Unmanned Underwater Nuclear Attack Boat ‘Haeil,'” was tested off the coast of Riwon County, South Hamgyong Province, and reached the target point in waters off Hongwon Bay.