Kim Jong Un urges wartime readiness after Soleimani killing
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged his military to adopt a stance of “wartime readiness” on Jan. 4, following the US assassination of an Iranian general, Daily NK has learned.
The order came just a day after the US military assassinated Iranian general and commander of the Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, on Jan. 3.
In orders given to the General Staff Department (GSD) and General Political Bureau of the KPA on Jan. 4, Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered that “We must resolutely obliterate the enemy’s irregular movements in the new year and urge wartime readiness in carrying out the historical calling of defending the leader and the Party center to the death,” according to a military source on Dec. 9.
The “enemy’s irregular movements” seems to refer to the operation undertaken by the US Joint Special Operations Command in the early hours of Jan. 3, when a drone-fired missile completely destroyed the vehicle carrying Soleimani as well as two escort vehicles. The phrase appears to refer to a risk of a similar targeted killing taking place against North Korea. ......