north korea’s leader orders to boost missile production ahead of south korea,
Kim Jong Un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, has called for a boost in missile production ahead of South Korea and the United States drills.
North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday that the North Korean leader ordered authorities to increase the production of missiles, armoured vehicles and artillery shells and be ready for war.
This comes as South Korea and the United States, the two allies, are preparing for annual military drills.
Kim Jong Un made a visit to various munitions factories on Friday and Saturday. During the visit, he ordered authorities to be fully prepared for the possibility of the war. He reportedly said, “The qualitative levels of war preparations depend on the development of the munitions industry.”
The North Korean leader also made an inspection to a new utility combat armoured vehicle. He lauded the production lines for large-caliber multiple rocket launcher rounds.
In recent weeks, he made repeated visits to munitions factories to inspect the mass production of weapons. Earlier this month, he fired a top military general and ordered his army to be prepared for war. He called on the military to be prepared for the possibility of war.
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The North Korean leader reportedly appointed Ri Yong Gil, a military officer and a vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea, as the new head of the General Staff.
On Monday, South Korea and the United States said that they would conduct the Ulchi Freedom Guardian summer military exercises from 21 August to 31 August. The North Korean leader views such military drills as a rehearsal for war.
On the other hand, the United States and South Korea have repeatedly slammed North Korea for conducting missile launches. The US also accused North Korea of providing weapons to Russia.