China Publishes Pictures of Top N.Korean Air Base

/Xinhua /Xinhua

China's official Xinhua news agency released rare photos of an air base in Sunchon, North Korea on Monday.

The base is home to the North's strongest air force unit, with basically all elite air force troops gathered there, Xinhua said.

Right to the runway are around 20 Russian fighter jets including MiG-29, MiG-19 and Sukhoi 25, partly hidden in the woods.

The photos bear the emblems "2014 Google Earth" and "2014 DigitalGlobe," but when they were taken and how they were obtained is unknown.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 30, 2014 13:24 KST