North Korean leader orders more modern anti-aircraft rockets

Pyongyang, Nov 3 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday ordered the country’s army and scientists to build more modern and precise anti-aircraft rockets to further strengthen defence capabilities.

The 32-year-old leader addressed the military and scientists in a speech during a firing drill in the western part of the country bordering South Korea, EFE reported citing state-run news agency KCNA.

Kim “underlined the need for the field of national defence science to more dynamically develop various types of new anti-aircraft rockets suited to the demand of a modern war”, the agency said.

The aim of this, Kim emphasised, was “to firmly defend the blue sky of the homeland from any air strike of enemies”.

The news comes a day after South Korean Defence Minister Han Min-koo and US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced new guidelines for boosting cooperation against possible North Korean missile attacks.

Both leaders warned they will not tolerate any more military provocations or aggressions by North Korea and pledged to implement “Operation 4D”, an anti-missile operation designed to defend South Korea against missile threats from North Korea “including nuclear, chemical and biological warheads”.

The US has deployed 28,500 troops in South Korea in order to defend its ally against North Korean aggression.

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