Kim Jong-Un Presses Military Industry While Sabre-Rattling

A report shows that Kim Jong-Un, the leader of North Korea, has been touring major military facilities as part of his efforts to increase the country’s weaponry output.

After inspecting several of the country’s largest weapons manufacturers this week, the merciless leader stopped at a tactical missile complex.
State media said on Monday that Kim expressed delight with the recent concentration on tactical missile manufacturing and increasing production capacity at a plant he visited last week.

They said he offered a big target to increase missile manufacturing, lauded the effectiveness of modern howitzer rounds, and even drove a battle armored vehicle himself.

This was the newest in a series of trips by the communist leader to military bases, during which he has repeatedly pushed for increased weapons manufacturing.

According to a recent state media report, North Korea tested its latest ballistic missiles, including a solid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), as well as rocket launchers with bigger caliber rounds.

State media wrote that Kim had called for the mass manufacturing of different types of cutting-edge engines for strategic weapons, saying that this would “greatly contribute” to a revolution in the development of new strategic weapons in the North Korean tradition.

In visits to two other facilities, Kim reiterated this theme, pushing for the rapid growth of production of more dependable engines for cruise missiles and drones and stressing the need to deliver launcher trucks built to carry and fire ballistic missiles.

The most recent Hwasong-17 and Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missiles, developed by North Korea, were likely also shown in the tour. They are thought to reach almost any location in the United States and launch an attack.

The Hwasong-17 is a two-stage ICBM revealed initially by North Korea on October 10, 2020.

The Hwasong-18 is a three-stage, solid-fuelled ICBM developed by North Korea. This ICBM represents North Korea’s first use of a solid fuel.