Kim Jong Un convened a meeting Sunday with members of a key ruling party to debate the best method to bolster the regime’s military capabilities, his government spokesperson said.
The North Korean leader presided over a meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The gathering took place amid escalating tensions between North Korea and the US, as the rogue nation has begun staging “very important” nuclear tests and saying publicly that denuclearization is off the table in peace talks.
The meeting focused on “important military issues and measures for organizing or expanding and reorganizing new units,” as well as “changing the affiliation of some units and changing deployment of [others],” KCNA reported.
Negotiations between Pyongyang and the White House have stalled in recent months, and a third summit between President Trump and the supreme leader has not been discussed or scheduled.
Earlier this month, a foreign minister to the dictator said it was “entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select,” as it attempted to ramp up pressure on Washington to restart negotiations.
The North Korean leader has gone as far as to conduct a long-range missile test in recent weeks at a nuclear site that he had promised Trump he would shut down after their June 2018 Singapore summit, prompting Trump to issue a terse warning.