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N. Korea appears focused on internal affairs: defense minister

Defense 16:03 June 09, 2021

SEOUL, June 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea appears to be focused on taking care of internal affairs rather than showing unusual military moves, Defense Minister Suh Wook said Wednesday.

Suh made the assessment during a parliamentary session when asked if there were any unusual moves by the North Korean military after Pyongyang condemned Seoul over the lifting of U.S. curbs on South Korea's missile development.

"Based on what we know, (the North) seems to be focusing on internal affairs than such activities," Suh said. "We are making utmost efforts to maintain a firm readiness posture, with the worst-case scenario always in mind. We are also closely following the North's military activities."

According to the North's official Korean Central News Agency, leader Kim Jong-un called for efforts to improve the country's economy at a meeting with top officials held Monday ahead of a key party meeting slated for early June.

It would mark the third plenary session this year, which is unusual as North Korea typically convenes the meeting once or twice a year.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over a meeting of senior officials of the central committee and provincial party committees of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang on June 7, 2021, in this photo captured from the North's Korean Central Television the next day. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)


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