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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to strengthen the country's defense capabilities, state media has reported, according to Sky News.

He "examined and approved an important issue of providing a military guarantee for further strengthening the country's war deterrent," the North's official news agency KCNA said.

The announcement came at the end of a three-day meeting.

"[Kim] stressed the need for the entire army to... consolidate in every way the powerful self-defense capabilities for overwhelming any hostile forces," KCNA said.

It added that Ri Pyong Chol, who has been leading missile development for North Korea, had been chosen as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission.

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