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The South Korean website, Daily NK, learned that last month a meeting took place where North Korea’s Central Military Committee (CMC) came to a decision to deploy the military along with the Mt. Kumgang Tourist Region and Kaesong Industrial Complex. Last Wednesday, a spokesman from the General Staff Department (GSD) in North Korea announced that they were reviewing military action plans against South Korea. The spokesperson said: “Units of the regiment level and necessary firepower sub-units with defence mission (sic) will be deployed in the Mt Kumgang tourist area and the Kaesong Industrial Zone where the sovereignty of our Republic (North Korea) is exercised.”
He further noted that “The KPA General Staff will work out these military action plans against [the] enemy in more detail and present them to the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea for ratification at the earliest date.”
Although it’s not clear, this would suggest no plans have yet been cleared by Kim Jong-Un and officials in Pyongyang.
Daily NK has also heard from high-level government officials in North Korea that plans had already been decided upon at last months CMC’s meeting.
It is reported that the country’s dictator, Kim Jong-Un was responsible for raising the idea of deploying troops.
Military leaders and officers then responded straight away by saying: “The Supreme Leader’s orders must be carried out.”
Following on from the meeting they started reviewing ways to implement the order.
This recent information comes after, Kim Yo-Jong decision to blow up the Korean inter-liaison office last week.
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It believed that this statement released by the GSD spokesperson could just be aimed as a way to strengthen her authority amongst DPRK ranks.
As a high-ranking female official, who lack military experience, asserting her power via violent rhetoric and threats of military action could just be a plan to please her brother (Kim Jong-Un).
Despite the fact, she has no authority to order such an attack herself, the destruction of the liaison office was meant to show just that.
Kim Yo-Jong’s name has been subject to numerous media reports ever since her brother mysteriously disappeared a few months back.
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It’s believed that if something were to happen to him then she may takeover, but nothing is yet set in stone.
“The Supreme Leader [Kim Jong Un] has authority over the military, but it appears that North Korea wants outsiders to believe that Comrade Kim Yo Jong is also involved,” the source told Daily NK.
“All of these recent actions are motivated by a need to increase her revolutionary achievements.”
A GSD statement last week notes that units from the North Korean army and navy will be deployed to the Mt. Kumgang Tourist Region.
There is also a naval fleet stationed at Changjon Port, which is nearby that same tourist area.
The statement by the GSD spokesperson on Wednesday also noted that North Korea “will resume all kinds of regular military exercises in the areas close to the boundary.”
These regiments are equipped with recently deployed mid- and long-range artillery weaponry, including anti-aircraft batteries and coastal artillery guns.
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