North Korea held massive live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military
By Ekin Karasin
Kim Jong-Un‘s army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea‘s ‘largest ever’ live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday.
Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created.
Kim saluted the military as he watched the exercises on Tuesday, which involved the firing of more than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks.
Just one day later, South Korea conducted joint military live-fire drills with the US at Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea.
Leader Kim Jong-Un saluted his military from the top of a private car as they drove through the demonstration
More than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces were fired in the drill, called a ‘Combined Fire Demonstration’
The exercises involved submarine torpedo-attacks on mock enemy warships, causing huge explosions
Hundreds of weapons were fired across the sea in Wonsan, North Korea, in the military demonstration
And in a defiant bit of timing, South Korea have announced that key parts of a contentious US missile defense system have been installed.
The South’s trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered US military assets converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.
On the same day, a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea.
And the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is also headed toward the peninsula for a joint exercise with South Korea.
The exercise took place as a US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the US, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles program.
Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army.
Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength celebrating 85 years since the North Korean army was created
North Korea fired dozens of missiles across the sea to mark the anniversary of the military’s creation
Hundreds of flag-bearing soldiers saluted as they stood next to weapons
The Korean People’s Army positioned tanks along the coast as planes soared overhead
The South’s Yonhap news agency cited a government source as saying the exercise was the North’s ‘largest ever’.
Meanwhile, a senior analyst warned that the back-and-forth threats between the US and North Korea could cause a needless stumble into war.
On Monday, President Donald Trump said dictator Jong-Un isn’t as strong as he claims to be, and he blamed the international community for not doing more to rein him in.
The ‘status quo’ on North Korea is ‘unacceptable,’ Trump told members of the United Nations Security Council at the White House.
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Senior analyst, Jonathan Pollack, at the Brookings Institution says the back-and-forth threats between the US and North Korea ‘raises the stakes’, according to CBS.
‘We could stumble needlessly into what would be the biggest crisis in East Asia since the United States intervened in the Korean War in 1950,’ Pollack warned.
‘The situation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula is so tense that a nuclear war may break out due to the frantic war drills of the US imperialists and their vassal forces for aggression,’ Gen Pak Yong Sik told a meeting of thousands of senior military and civilian officials.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was closely watching North Korean military action in the Wonsan city area, where it said the drills were being held.
The exercise involved 300 to 400 artillery pieces, but an official from Seoul’s Defense Ministry couldn’t confirm the details.
Flower-laying and bowing at statues and portraits of the leaders is a regular routine on major anniversaries. People also gathered in open spaces to take part in organized dancing, another common way to mark holidays.
‘Our great leaders founded and wisely led our revolutionary army, and just like that, now our respected Marshal Kim Jong-Un is leading wisely, so even though the situation is tense, we are celebrating the day,’ said Choe Un Byol, who came with his family to the bronze statues of the former leaders.
The USS Michigan (pictured), a nuclear-powered submarine, arrived at the South Korean port of Busan in what was described as a routine visit to rest the crew and load supplies. Cmdr Jang Wook from South Korean navy public affairs said there was no plan for a drill