Kim urges N. Korea military to bolster combat readiness
Published on Dec 25, 2013 2:19 PM
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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