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Kim urges N. Korea military to bolster combat readiness

Published on Dec 25, 2013 2:19 PM
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (second, left) and officials look at a train used by late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of Kim Jong Il's assumption of the supreme commandership of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this still image taken from video released by KRT, North Korean state TV on December 24, 2013. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has urged the country's military to bolster its combat readiness, saying a war could break out "without any prior notice", state media reported on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has urged the country's military to bolster its combat readiness, saying a war could break out "without any prior notice", state media reported on Wednesday.

The call comes at a time of heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula following the execution of Kim's uncle and former mentor in an unusually public purge.

Mr Kim visited the Command of Large Combined Unit 526 on Christmas Eve, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said.

"He instructed the unit to put utmost spurs on rounding off its combat readiness... always bearing in mind that a war breaks out without any prior notice," it said.

 
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