Kim Jong-un has been forced to launch an embarrassing crackdown on his own military after a defector slipped into South Korea unnoticed.
North Korea's tubby tyrant called for "more control and discipline" within the ranks of his armed forces on Thursday.
The despot issued the warning at the Central Military Commission in the secretive state, according to state media KCNA.
He reportedly called for tighter control and greater discipline within the regime's military forces as he addressed a series of problems concerning political activities as well as discipline among military officials.
It comes after a US monitor said the rogue state spent the whole of winter enriching uranium and a North Korean man was recently caught and taken into custody after he crossed the border to the South.
Kim tends to use nuclear and missile tests to taunt new world leaders – with the country's main nuclear complex said to show continued activity.
But the migrant managed to slip past the heavily fortified border between the two countries.
He was soon found, probing an investigation, South Korea's military said on Tuesday last week.
Dictator Kim has now said the establishment of revolutionary discipline within the military would decide the survival of the army and the success or failure of its activities, KCNA said.
It comes amid his drive to rally his ruling Workers' Party to implement new policies for the next five years that were disclosed in a rare congress held last month, the Mirror reports.
These include a ramping up of military power as well as greater nuclear war deterrence.
Last month a smiling Kim was pictured showing off "the world's most powerful weapon" at a huge parade in the country.
He unveiled what appeared to be a new submarine-launched ballistic missile at the event, thought to have been held in the capital Pyongyang.
The parade featured rows of marching soldiers, as well as a range of military hardware including tanks and rocket launchers.
A number of what analysts said appeared to be new types of short-range ballistic missile and SLBMs were pictured rolling into the square on trucks.
KCNA reported at the time: "The world's most powerful weapon, submarine-launch ballistic missiles, entered the square one after another, powerfully demonstrating the might of the revolutionary armed forces."
Kim also said earlier he would expand military capabilities to better defend the country and called for “placing state defence capabilities on a much higher level.”
Pyongyang is under international sanctions for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.
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