N. Korean leader rallies army commanders

October 6, 2006 04:45

To cheers of "Human bullets and bombs," North Korean leader Kim Jong Il rallied top army commanders and political instructors, the country's official media reported, amid growing concern the North may conduct its first nuclear test. Kim congratulated battalion commanders and instructors for "bolstering the Korean People's Army as invincible revolutionary armed forces," the country's official Korean Central News Agency reported late Thursday. The meeting was the reclusive leader's first reported public appearance in three weeks, and his first since Tuesday, when his government shocked the world and alarmed its neighbors by announcing plans to test a nuclear weapon.

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