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North Korea continues its war preparations

At the meeting chaired by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the decisions were made in light of the current security situation, KCNA said, emphasizing that “the war provocations of the United States and South Korea are approaching a red line.” The news agency did not provide any details.

On Thursday, North Korea’s military conducted a missile test, and Kim Jong Un ordered the country’s military to step up preparations for a possible “real war.”

The United States and South Korea will start their Freedom Shield military exercise on Monday. Pyongyang has repeatedly protested against the joint maneuvers between Seoul and Washington, calling the operations main tests for an attack on North Korea.

While the United States and South Korea cite the communist state’s ballistic missile program as one of the reasons for the military exercises, Pyongyang says it needs the missile developments for self-defense.

Last year, North Korea conducted more than 70 missile tests, including several intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests, in violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

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