August 30, 2023 11:15
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un denounced the leaders of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan as "gang bosses" when he made his first visit to the renegade country's Navy Command last Sunday.
The visit came shortly after the three leaders met at the U.S. presidential retreat of Camp David to present a united front against North Korea, China and Russia.
A Unification Ministry official here told reporters that this is the first time Kim has visited the Navy Command to celebrate the North's Navy Day.
Kim called on the Navy "to fully arm the officers and men of the units and subunits at all levels with our party's Juche-oriented naval and underwater methods and focus on developing new strategic and tactical plans for getting familiar with ever-changing patterns of naval warfare," state media said on Tuesday.
State media earlier claimed that Kim watched the test-launch of a nuclear-capable "strategic" cruise missile.
"Kim wants to make up for the North's inferior naval capabilities with the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons," said Shin Jong-woo at the Korea Defense and Security Forum. "Such weapons include the 'Haeil' unmanned nuclear attack sub and the new mini submarine-launched ballistic missile, both capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads."
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