North Korea's Kim seeks to shore up nuclear force, oversees missile test, KCNA says

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  • Saturday, 18 May 2024

FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversees a tactical missile weapons system at an unknown location, May 14, 2024 in this image released by the Korean Central News Agency on May 15, 2024. KCNA via REUTERS/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) -North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered accelerated production to strengthen the country's nuclear force more rapidly, on the same day he oversaw a test of tactical ballistic missiles with new guidance system, state media KCNA said on Saturday.

While visiting an arms factory on Friday, Kim made the production order "to cope with ...the enemies' reckless military confrontation" and bolster nuclear war deterrence, KCNA said.

This way, the enemy would be afraid of North Korea's nuclear combat posture, Kim added.

North Korea fired a number of short-range ballistic missiles towards the sea off its east coast on Friday, South Korea's military had said. Kim expressed satisfaction with the successful missile test featuring an autonomous navigation system, KCNA said.

Friday's launches came a day after the U.S. and South Korea conducted joint drills with stealth fighter jets simulating air combat.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Leslie Adler, Deepa Babington and Cynthia Osterman)

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