SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for an “epochal change” in war preparations by achieving arsenal production targets during his inspection of a tactical missile system, state media reported on Wednesday (May 15).

It comes as analysts say the nuclear-armed North could be testing and ramping up production of artillery and cruise missiles before sending them to Russia for use in Ukraine.

During his inspection of the tactical missile weapons system on Tuesday, Kim expressed “great satisfaction over the production results registered by the defence industrial enterprises” this year, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a dispatch.

Kim “particularly stressed the need to bring about an epochal change in the preparations of the KPA for war by carrying out the munitions production plans for 2024 without fail”, it added.

Missile launchers produced so far this year are intended for military units in the country’s west, KCNA said.


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