N.Korea to Stage Massive Military Drills

      April 21, 2015 09:15

      North Korea is expected to stage massive firing demonstrations and missile launches on Saturday to mark the founding day of its Army, the Defense Ministry here said Monday.

      The exercises bring together of thousands of Army, Navy, and Air Force troops.

      The North has moved patrol boats near South Korea's northwesternmost islands and the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border, and readied field and coastal artillery, the ministry said in a report to the National Assembly's Defense Committee.

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center) watches military training in Pyongyang in this March 31 screen grab from [North] Korean Central TV.

      The North has designated a no-fly, no-sail zone in the East Sea since April 1 while gathering tanks and artillery pieces in a drill ground near Pyongyang.

      The ministry said the regime is already staging frequent fire drills of anti-aircraft and anti-tank guns across the border from the launch point of propaganda balloons from South Korean activists.

      Earlier it reportedly dug a new tunnel at a nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province.

      Adm. Choi Yoon-hee, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff here, said during a visit to the 2nd U.S. Infantry Division in Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province that the Seoul-Washington alliance is "vital" as the North prepares for a possible provocation near the NLL and in frontline areas.

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