14 Jun 2009

North Korean leader praises combat troops

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has praised his troops as combat-ready amid preparations to produce more nuclear weapons, sources said Sunday.


Kim expressed "great satisfaction" after inspecting troops in the 7th infantry division, finding them ready for "combat ability in every way," the state-run North Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday.

The report of Kim's inspection came a day after North Korea vowed to weaponize more spent plutonium rods and enrich uranium to produce nuclear weapons, Yonhap news agency in South Korea reported.

Western intelligence sources have estimated North Korea has enough enriched uranium for at least six atomic bombs.


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