North Korea convenes ruling party major military meeting

North Korean media outlets say the country's leader Kim Jong Un presided over an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the governing party on Tuesday.

The newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, Rodong Sinmun, issued a report on Wednesday. It said those participating in the meeting will decide on "important strategic and tactical tasks" that the Korean People's Army will fulfill.

The newspaper published photographs of Kim addressing military commanders as well as senior party and defense ministry officials. The leader was wearing a suit.

The state-run Korean Central Television station broadcast a report about the meeting on Wednesday, too.

The reports indicated that the participants will confirm "crucial and urgent tasks to build up national defence" and thoroughly implement "the military line and key defence policies" of the Workers' Party.

The reports also noted that decisions will be made on crucial strategic and tactical tasks proposed to the military. This suggests that the meeting will be held for a second day on Wednesday.

An expanded meeting of the party's Central Military Commission was last convened in June 2021. At that time, Kim instructed the military to maintain a high level of readiness.

Observers are waiting to see what policies will be put forth regarding North Korea's accelerating nuclear and missile development programs. This comes amid concerns that Pyongyang may soon conduct its seventh nuclear test.