This picture taken on June 21, 2022 and released from the DPRK's official Korean Central News Agency on June 22 shows leader Kim Jong-un attending the Third Enlarged Meeting of the Eighth Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in North Korea. (STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)
SEOUL – Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim Jong-un continued to preside over the second day of the nation's major party meeting on its military and defense policies on Wednesday, the state media reported on Thursday, amid concerns over a potential imminent nuclear test.
The meeting is being closely watched as it could provide clues on the timing of a possible nuclear test
At the meeting, the party discussed adding operation duties of the frontline units, modifying operation plans and restructuring key military organizational formations, Korea Central News Agency said, adding Kim stressed the importance of efforts to enhance the operational capabilities of the frontline units.
The meeting is being closely watched as it could provide clues on the timing of a possible nuclear test. The Republic of Korea's officials have said the test can come "at any time" and that the timing would be decided by Kim.
Last year, Kim laid out military development plans that included smaller nuclear bombs, hypersonic missiles, spy satellites, and drones.
In April, he called on the country's military to "bolster up their strength in every way to annihilate the enemy", and has tested an unprecedented number of ballistic missiles this year, including massive intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), new hypersonic missiles, and a short-range missile potentially.