Kim Jong-un puffs on a cigarette as he holds a meeting after firing long-range weapons into the sea near South Korea

KIM Jong-un puffs on a cigarette while holding a meeting after firing long-range weapons into the sea near South Korea.

The 38-year-old dictator was spotted smoking at a table after North Korea test-fired the suspected artillery pieces into the sea today, according to the South Korean military.

Kim Jong Un puffs on a cigarette at a meeting after firing long-range weapons into the sea

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Kim Jong Un puffs on a cigarette at a meeting after firing long-range weapons into the seaPhoto credit: VIA REUTERS
It comes days after the dictator called for more defensive capability

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It comes days after the dictator called for more defensive capabilityPhoto credit: AFP

It comes days after Kim Jong Un called for greater defense capability to deal with outside threats.

South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said they spotted multiple trajectories Sunday morning that are believed to be North Korean artillery.

They added South Korea maintains a firm military readiness in close coordination with the United States amid increased surveillance of North Korea.

Officials at a National Security Council meeting expressed concern that North Korea is upgrading weapons systems that pose a direct threat to South Korea.

And they reiterated that they would deal firmly with any such North Korean effort.

North’s artillery tests attract less outside attention than their missile launches.

But its long-range forward artillery pieces pose a serious security threat to South Korea’s populous metropolitan area, which is just 40 to 50 kilometers from the border with North Korea.

The alleged artillery launches were the latest in a series of North Korean weapons tests this year, which foreign experts say are trying to pressure rivals Washington and Seoul to relax international sanctions on Pyongyang and make other concessions.

South Korean and US officials recently said North Korea has almost completed preparations for its first nuclear test in about five years.

In March, North Korea tested an ICBM that could reach the US mainland, violating a 2018 moratorium on large-scale missile tests.

Speaking at a ruling party meeting last week, Kim underscored the need to strengthen his country’s military capabilities and said the current security environment is very serious.

Kim’s speech, which was broadcast by state media, made no mention of the United States or South Korea.

But he still set militant tasks for his armed forces and scientists to pursue, a suggestion that he would advance his high-profile rearmament plans.

A possible new nuclear test by North Korea would be the seventh of its kind.

Some experts say North Korea is likely to use the test to build warheads to be mounted on tactical nuclear weapons aimed at hitting targets in South Korea.

Earlier this month, North Korea fired eight ballistic missiles simultaneously from multiple locations amid fears it was preparing for a new nuclear test.

And Kim Jong Un promised to ramp up his weapons program this year, boasting that he would “shake the world” with more missile tests.

A possible new nuclear test by North Korea would be the seventh of its kind

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A possible new nuclear test by North Korea would be the seventh of its kindPhoto credit: AFP

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