North Korea may commit acts of terrorism ahead of South Korea’s parliamentary and presidential elections this year in an effort to bolster its new regime, South Korean police said in an annual public safety report.
The North may carry out “limited acts of military provocation,” psychological warfare, cyber terrorism and attacks in city centers through terrorist organisations and pro- North Korea groups, the government-run Police Science Institute said today in its report.
Kim Jong Un became hereditary leader of North Korea in December after the death of his father Kim Jong Il. The younger Kim, believed to be in his 20s, has been working to secure his grip on power conducting inspection tours of army and air force units as the supreme commander of a 1.2 million-strong military while state media publish commentaries on his accomplishments.
“Successor Kim Jong Un may use provocation against the South to solidify his grip on power and dilute its various domestic problems like its economic difficulties,” the report from the PSI, part of the National Police Agency, said. It also pointed to the March 26-27 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul as a peg for possible North Korean provocations.
South Korea holds parliamentary elections in April and votes for a new president in December.