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Ruling Party Holds Military Meeting Amid Expectations Of Imminent Nuclear Test


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over the second day of a meeting of the ruling party's military committee Wednesday, Korea Central News Agency reports.

  • The Third Enlarged Meeting of 8th Central Military Commission focuses on changing the operational plan of frontline units and restructuring key organisational military formations.
  • Kim convened the meeting for the first time in a year, wiith the aim of reviewing policies to "build up national defence." Official communique lacks any substantial details.
  • It is expected that North Korea may soon stage a nuclear test as international attention has turned to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Expert community is flagging signs that Pyongyang has been making material preparations for the drill.
  • Some have also suggested that the appointment of experienced diplomat Choe Son Hui as North Korea's Foreign Minister on June 11 is testament to the nation gearing up for international condemnation that would follow a nuclear test.
  • Meanwhile, South Korea is stepping up dialogue with its strategic partners in the region and beyond. President Yoon has been invited to a NATO summit next week and his administration confirmed that Seoul will establish a diplomatic mission to the alliance. Yoon will also hold security talks with other leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

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