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No unusual military movement detected in N. Korea: defense ministry

All News 10:17 July 28, 2020

SEOUL, July 28 (Yonhap) -- No unusual military movements have been detected in North Korea since leader Kim Jong-un suspended the military's "action plans" prepared to punish South Korea over anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets, the defense ministry said Tuesday.

In a report to parliament's defense committee, the ministry said the North has been conducting summertime trainings, but no unusual signs have been detected since Kim's order to halt military action against the South last month.

The ministry also said the North's 5-megawatt reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear complex remains suspended, with no unusual activities detected near the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Yet personnel and vehicle movements continued at its missile facilities.

The North's military is also continuing preparations for an event to mark October's 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party. The ministry earlier said construction of new buildings was spotted in Pyongyang in a possible sign the North could hold a large-scale military parade for the Oct. 10 anniversary.

The assessment came as Kim vowed to "never stop honing the most powerful national defense capacity" the previous day, marking the 67th anniversary of the signing of the armistice of the 1950-53 Korean War.

"Thanks to our reliable and effective self-defense war deterrence, there will no longer be war on this land and our national security and future will be firmly guaranteed permanently," Kim said during a national conference of veterans, according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Party Central Committee in Pyongyang on July 26, 2020, to confer Paektusan commemorative pistols on the North Korean army's leading commanding officers, in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency. The ceremony was held as part of events to mark the 67th anniversary of the 1950-53 Korean War armistice that falls on the next day. North Korea refers to the three-year conflict as the great Fatherland Liberation War. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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