Kim said the United States should make the right choice "in order to defuse the tensions and prevent the dangerous military conflict on the Korean peninsula," the KCNA report said.

The visit to the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) marks Kim's first public appearance in about two weeks.

The North's leader ordered the army should always be fire-ready should he make a decision for action, the report said.


(Reporting by Soyoung Kim and Christine Kim; Editing by Lincoln Feast)