North Korea conducted a massive military drill in Pyongyang on March 15 to practice protecting leader Kim Jong-un against an assassination attempt, China's Global Times reported Tuesday citing sources in the North.
According to the daily, a source near the Chinese border said forces from the Ministry of Public Security as well as the Army took part in the exercise. The aim of the drill, according to the source, was to "protect the continuity of the Baekdu bloodline" in case of an assassination attempt.
The Baekdu bloodline is code for the descendants of nation founder Kim Il-sung and named after his alleged birthplace.
This was the first time the North conducted such an exercise, according to the source.