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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on February 24th, 2012 at 3:46 am

Kim Jong-un Inspects Nuclear & Missile Unit

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It appears that Kim Jong-un is being put forward by his puppet masters in Pyongyang to make it look like he is firmly in control of the nation’s nuclear and missile forces:

New North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected the North Korean Army’s 842nd Unit, North Korea’s state-run media reported on Tuesday. The unit, which is under the direct control of the General Staff in charge of all military operations, is said to be tasked with handling the North’s nuclear weapons and medium and long-range missiles.

A South Korean security official said, “The North’s nuclear weapons and missiles are under a control system whereby the supreme commander (Kim Jong-un), who is usually concurrently chairman of the Workers Party’s Central Military Commission, gives an order to the chief of the General Staff (Ri Yong-ho) to launch a missile, and then the chief of the unit (Choe Sang-ryo) executes the order.”

The unit has rarely been exposed to the outside due to its strategic importance. During his lifetime, former leader Kim Jong-il, who died late last year, never publicized his visits to the unit.  [Chosun Ilbo]

You can read the rest at the link but experts believe that not only is Kim trying to show the world he is in charge of the military but also may be visiting the unit in preparation for an upcoming nuclear or missile test.  This all seems to jive with my opinion that the North Koreans will increase tensions before ultimately agreeing to the Kabuki Deal.

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