North Korea plans to strengthen its “nuclear deterrence”

La Corée du Nord envisage de renforcer sa « dissuasion nucléaire »

SEOUL | North Korea has discussed new measures aimed at strengthening its “nuclear deterrence” during a meeting chaired by its leader Kim Jong One, announced on Sunday the official news agency KCNA.

“During the meeting were presented new measures to strengthen the nuclear deterrent military of the country,” the agency said north Korean.

“Critical measures” were decided at the meeting of the central military Commission under the chairmanship of Mr. Kim, said KCNA, without specifying when the meeting took place.

The agency does not provide details on the nature of the measures decided concerning nuclear deterrence.

She indicated that discussions have also focused on ‘ the state of alert of the armed forces strategic “, in the framework of the growth and development of the armed forces of the country “.

Measures have been taken to ” an increase and a considerable development of fire power of the artillery of the Korean people’s Army “, according to the agency official.

If the meeting has taken place these last days, this would be the first public appearance by Mr. Kim for almost three weeks, noted the news agency south Korean Yonhap.

Many rumors about the state of health of Mr Kim had been circulated abroad in April, after his absence was noticed during important celebrations of the 15th of April.

This day is the most important of the political schedule that north korea, as the country commemorates the birth of the founder of the regime, Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the current ruler.

Mr. Kim had reappeared in public in early may, apparently in good health on the images published by the media in north korea.

The announcement of measures in the direction of north korea on the nuclear military comes at a time when according to the Washington Post, the administration Trump has referred to the possibility to carry out the first nuclear test of the united states since 1992, to address a warning to Russia and China.

According to the u.s. daily, which cited Friday, a government official and two former officials, all under the guise of anonymity, this discussion took place during a meeting on may 15.

For Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, a non-partisan organization based in the United States, such a decision “would stop” probably the negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang on the nuclear arsenal of north korea.

These negotiations are in deadlock for over a year, and in the event of a nuclear test u.s., Mr. Kim ” could no longer feel obligated to abide by its moratorium on nuclear testing “.

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