Kim Jong Un's Latest Move Has The Pentagon On High Alert

By Victor Smiroff | Friday, 08 March 2024 11:10 PM
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In a recent report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has urged for an enhancement in war fighting capabilities against the United States and South Korea.

This call to action comes in the wake of the ongoing military drills by South Korea and the U.S., which North Korea perceives as a rehearsal for invasion.

Kim Jong Un, during his visit to a western operational training base on Wednesday, emphasized the need for the military to "steadily intensify the actual war drills aimed at rapidly improving its combat capabilities for perfect war preparedness." He further stressed the necessity for heightened readiness to "contain the constant threat of the enemies with overwhelming force," as reported by KCNA.

The state media, however, did not provide detailed information about Kim's guidance of military units' maneuvers at the site. Photos released by the state media depicted Kim in a black leather jacket, positioned to shoot a rifle, and standing near soldiers aiming their rifles from the ground.

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Kim Jong Un's demand for a stronger military is not new. However, this recent call comes two days after North Korea's Defense Ministry threatened to carry out unspecified "responsible military activities" in response to the alleged invasion attempts by South Korean-U.S. military drills.

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The annual computer-simulated command post training and a variety of field exercises by the South Korean and U.S. militaries commenced on Monday for an 11-day run. This year's drills include 48 field exercises, double the number conducted last year. Both countries have maintained that their drills are defensive in nature.

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North Korea has previously responded to South Korean-U.S. military exercises with missile and other weapons tests. Jeon Ha Gyu, a spokesperson for the South Korean Defense Ministry, assured that South Korea will "overwhelmingly" deal with any provocations by North Korea. He dismissed North Korea's claims of the South Korea-U.S. military drills being an invasion rehearsal as nonsensical, considering its escalating nuclear and missile threats.

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Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been high since North Korea's series of missile tests since 2022. Many of these tests involved nuclear-capable missiles designed to attack South Korea and the mainland U.S. In response, the U.S. and South Korean forces have expanded their training exercises.

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Experts suggest that North Korea likely believes a larger weapons arsenal would bolster its leverage in future diplomacy with the United States. They predict that North Korea aims to secure extensive sanctions relief while retaining its nuclear weapons.

As the U.S. and South Korea approach major elections, observers anticipate North Korea to escalate tensions further with more provocative weapons tests and heated rhetoric this year.

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