North Korea: Kim orders reinforced military maneuvers for “real war”

North Korea: Kim orders enhanced military maneuvers to 'a “real war”

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military to step up military maneuvers for 'real war,' in missile-firing exercise attended by his daughter , the official KCNA news agency reported on Friday. 

North Korea should “regularly intensify the various real war simulation exercises, in a diversified manner and in different situations,” Kim Jong Un said, according to KCNA.

In addition, the North Korean leader Korea, which oversaw a new military exercise, ordered soldiers to prepare for “two strategic missions: first, to deter war, and second, to initiate war.”

Footage released Friday by KCNA showed the simultaneous launch of six missiles by the Hwasong unit, trained for “strike missions”, the agency said, adding that the unit “fired a powerful salvo (of missiles) in the targeted waters of the West Korean Sea”.

The day before, the South Korean army had announced that it had detected the launch of a short-range ballistic missile in the direction of the sea off its west coast, fired from the port city of Nampo, south of Pyongyang.

The military exercise comes as Seoul and Washington prepare to conduct their largest joint military exercises in five years on Monday.< /p>

Earlier this week, North Korea accused the United States of “intentionally” stoking tensions and Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of Kim Jong Un, warned that if the United States intercepted one of the missiles from Pyongyang, it would be seen as a “declaration of war”.

Relations between Pyongyang and Seoul are at a multi-year low, with talks stalled.

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During this military training, the North Korean leader appeared accompanied by his daughter Ju Ae, considered by some analysts to be the future heiress of the regime.

His recent appearance alongside his father during a A grand military parade last month, to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the country's military, had already reignited speculation about a future handover of dynastic power in North Korea.

“It would seem that Ju Ae's presence at major events related to the North's nuclear development and its missiles – which Pyongyang deems to be of crucial use for the country's future generations – has become the norm,” he said. AFP Yang Moo-jin, president of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul.

North Korea has long claimed that its ballistic and nuclear programs are for self-defense. She also condemned the recent joint exercises by Seoul and Washington, considering them as dress rehearsals for an invasion of its territory.

The North Korean air force is the weak link in its military posture, according to experts, who believe that the exercises in Pyongyang on Thursday are proof that the regime is seeking to remedy this weakness.

“The latest maneuvers by North Korea, like many of the previous ones, have to prevent South Korean warplanes from taking off,” defector An Chan-il, director of the World Institute for North Korean Studies, told AFP.