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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Demands Military Readiness

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South Korea’s military has detected North Korea firing multiple cruise missiles into waters off its western coast, adding to a run of weapons testing in the face of deepening tensions with the United States, South Korea, and Japan.

The launches came hours after state media reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reiterated his focus on strengthening his naval forces as he inspected the construction of new warships at a western shipyard.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the U.S. and South Korean militaries were analyzing the launches, which were the North’s fourth round of cruise missile tests in 2024. There was no immediate information on the exact number of missiles fired or how far they flew.

Kim’s visit to the shipyard in Nampho followed a series of weapons demonstrations in January that furthered increased tensions with rivals, including tests of new cruise missiles designed to be launched from submarines.

In recent months, Kim has been emphasizing his goals of building a nuclear-armed navy to counter what he portrays as growing external threats posed by the United States, South Korea, and Japan, which have stepped up their military cooperation to cope with Kim’s nuclear weapons and missile program.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency did not specify when Kim visited Nampho, but paraphrased Kim as saying that the strengthening of his naval force “presents itself as the most important issue in reliably defending the maritime sovereignty of the country and stepping up the war preparations.” The North also plans to launch three more military spy satellites in 2024 after sending its first one into orbit in November. Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at their highest point in years, as Kim accelerated his weapons development to an unprecedented pace while issuing provocative nuclear threats against the United States, South Korea, and Japan.

(AP)

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