North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has held high-level talks with the country's top military commission and paid a series of visits to key military installations amid the Korean peninsula tensions.
The talks took place in order to decide on key organisational matters of the Central Military Commission, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The mouthpiece said: "He [Kim] stressed the need to enhance the function and role of the political organs of the KPA [Korean People's Army] if it is to preserve the proud history and tradition of being the army of the party, win one victory after another in the confrontation with the US and creditably perform the mission as a shock force and standard-bearer in building a thriving nation."
The commission is a key organisation in the communist nation. Although the exact date of the discussions has not been mentioned, they are believed to have taken place on Saturday coinciding with US President Barack Obama's visit to South Korea.
Kim and other senior North Korean authorities "discussed issues arising in further developing the KPA into the powerful Paektusan revolutionary army faithful to the party, the leader, the country and its people," reports KCNA.
They also discussed ways to "win victory... in the confrontation with the US".
Kim had earlier asked the North Korean troops to prepare for an imminent battle with the US.