December 06, 2023

Kim Jong Un convenes army top brass, orders increased “nuclear war deterrence”

Meeting is DPRK leader's second public event in more than six weeks, following two unexplained absences from public eye

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reappeared on Saturday after an unexplained 22-day absence and presided over a meeting of the ruling Workers' Party Central Military Commission (CMC), the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said Sunday.

Among the numerous items reportedly on the meeting's agenda was a call for "further increasing" the country's nuclear war deterrence and "putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation," according to KCNA, as well as promoting a number of military officials.