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N. Korean leader orders concealment of naval vessels
SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the concealment of combat vessels during an inspection tour of a naval unit, state media reported Monday.

   The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the remark was made at the Navy's 291 unit after Kim discovered vessels berthed in exposed locations. The report did not say when the visit was made or the location of the unit.

   Kim, who holds the military rank of marshal in the Korean People's Army (KPA), said North Korea's enemies are constantly trying to track the movement of military assets, so it is imperative that they are well concealed. He stressed concealment is a key part of maintaining fighting capability of the country's armed forces.

   The remarks by the leader is a reference to extensive surveillance activities carried out on the North by Seoul and Washington. The allies use the information to gauge the threat level of the communist country, with a spike in military activity possibly hinting that the North is planning some sort of action.

   Kim also emphasized the importance of preparedness of the military and ordered all upper-echelon commands, including the Ministry of People's Armed Forces, to determine problems that can impede the military's fighting capabilities and make swift corrections.

   The KCNA, meanwhile, said that Kim paid a visit to the Masik Pass Skiing Ground being built by the KPA and provided on-the-spot field guidance.

   The news wire service said that the leader made clear that Pyongyang wants to make the ski course one of the best in the world and ordered all related organizations to offer all necessary assistance. The North wants to open the ski slope this winter.

   Masik is a 768 meter pass located in Kangwon Province on the east coast and is not far from the Pyongyang-Wonsan motorway that links the capital to the port city.

   yonngong@yna.co.kr
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