Stronger nuclear deterrent eyed by N Korea's Kim

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 25 May 2020

North Korea discussed new policies for increasing its "nuclear war deterrence" during a military meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong Un, state media reported yesterday.

The meeting was Kim's first reported public appearance in more than three weeks and came after US media said Friday that the Trump administration had discussed holding the first US nuclear test in decades.

Set forth at the meeting of the Central Military Commission were "new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country," the North's official KCNA news agency said.

"Crucial measures" were taken "for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability of the artillery pieces of the Korean People's Army," it added.

Discussions also centered on "putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation".

The date of the meeting was not given, but a separate KCNA dispatch from the same meeting reported a military order signed by Kim was issued on May 23, his first reported public appearance in more than 20 days, after he reappeared following an earlier three-week absence which triggered intense speculation about his health.

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