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Kim Jong Un Holds Rare Military Meeting as Nuclear Test Looms

  • North Korean leader presides over Central Military Commission
  • Meeting could set the stage for a nuclear test, analyst says
Kim Jong Un, center left, attends a meeting with his senior military officials at an undisclosed location in North Korea on June 21.
Kim Jong Un, center left, attends a meeting with his senior military officials at an undisclosed location in North Korea on June 21.Source: Korean Central News Agency/AP Photos

Kim Jong Un for the first time in a year convened a top-level meeting of North Korea’s military that could set the stage for his first nuclear test since 2017, as international attention is diverted to the war in Ukraine.

The North Korean leader presided over a Central Military Commission that will look at policies for the “the crucial and urgent tasks to build up national defense,” the official Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday. It’s the first time the commission of military leaders has met at this level since June 2021 and the gathering is expected to take several days, NK News reported.