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Talks of North Korea’s new military duties suggest nuclear deployment MPNRC

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North Korea will discuss delegating additional duties to its frontline army units at a major military meeting, state media said on Thursday, a suggestion that the country may deploy battlefield nuclear weapons targeting South Korea along the tense border with rivals. wants to do

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The discussion comes as South Korean officials said North Korea has completed preparations for its first nuclear test in five years, in line with its potential efforts to develop short-range warheads capable of hitting targets in South Korea. According to.

During an ongoing meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Military Commission on Wednesday, leader Kim Jong Un and other top military officials discussed the task of additional confirmation of operational duties of frontline units of the Korean People’s Army and revising operation plans. . According to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

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KCNA said Kim also ordered steps to be taken to enhance the operational capabilities of frontline units.

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A photo from KCNA showed what appeared to be a large map of the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula, including border sites standing near the conference table.

“I can assess that the issue of forward deployment of strategic nuclear weapons was discussed in depth at the meeting,” said Cheong Seong-chang, a senior analyst at South Korea’s private Sejong Institute.

Kim Joon-rak, a spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters later on Thursday that he was closely monitoring North Korean activities, but did not elaborate.

In April, when North Korea tested a new type of tactical guided weapon, it said the weapon was of great importance in improving the firepower of frontline long-range artillery units, (North Korea’s). Increases efficiency in operation. ) Diversification of strategic nuclear and their firepower missions.

The use of the term tactical nukes suggests that the weapon is a short-range weapon system equipped with a nuclear weapon.

Some experts said at the time that North Korea intended to deploy weapons that threatened key facilities, including US military bases in South Korea.

Later in April, Kim said that North Korea could use its nuclear weapons if threatened, adding that its nuclear war would not be limited to a single mission of deterrence, where the North would protect its fundamental interests. to face external threats.

The prospect of North Korea’s growing nuclear doctrine could be of greater concern to South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

State media said Kim convened a meeting of the Central Military Commission earlier this week to confirm important and urgent actions to expand military capabilities and implement key defense policies.

The analyst, Cheong, said North Korea is expected to precede its seventh nuclear test after the meeting, adding that its third nuclear test in 2013 also came days after another meeting of the Central Military Commission.

Cheong said that before this week’s meeting, Kim had convened a meeting of the Central Military Commission 16 times since taking power in late 2011, but it is the first to last for two days or more.

Wednesday was the second day’s session, and KCNA said discussions were continuing on the agenda, indicating that the meeting would continue on Thursday.

Earlier this year, North Korea tested potential-range missiles keeping the US mainland and Asian allies such as South Korea and Japan within striking distance.

North Korea has intercontinental ballistic missiles potentially capable of reaching the United States, but experts say the country still needs to master re-entry capability and other techniques to make them work weapons. Is.

Some experts say North Korea’s weapons launch was to boost its gains in future negotiations with the United States to modernize its weapons systems and secure sanctions relief and other concessions.

South Korean and US officials have warned North Korea of ​​dire consequences if it conducts a nuclear test.

But divisions among the permanent members of the UN Security Council do not explain the prospects for new punitive international sanctions on North Korea.

Russia and China this year vetoed US-sponsored proposals that could have increased sanctions, insisting Washington should focus on reviving talks.

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