N.Korea discussing new duties for frontline military units

North Korean media outlets say participants at a military meeting of the ruling Workers' Party have discussed assigning additional duties to frontline units.

The ruling party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported on Thursday that the second day of an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission was held on Wednesday with leader Kim Jong Un in attendance.

The paper said the participants also discussed issues related to the reorganization of key military formations.

Kim reportedly stressed the importance of enhancing the operational capabilities of the frontline units.

The article has a photo showing Kim and senior military officials in front of a large map that was blurred by the publisher.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency suggested that the additional duties refer to operations involving short-range missiles equipped with nuclear warheads.

Observers are waiting to see whether concrete policies will be presented regarding North Korea's accelerating nuclear and missile development programs on the third day of the meeting on Thursday. This comes amid concerns that Pyongyang may soon conduct a seventh nuclear test.