March 28, 2016 09:26
North Korea practiced a massive artillery strike on key government facilities in Seoul last Thursday, mobilizing some 100 long-range artillery pieces.
The North's official Rodong Sinmun daily covered the live-fire drill in Wonsan, Gangwon Province on four of its six pages on Friday, illustrated with no fewer than 41 photos.
A picture on the front page shows leader Kim Jong-un inspecting an artillery unit and pages 2 through 4 were covered with photos of long-range guns, placed in two rows along the coast, firing shots.
The paper said the drill "aimed at annihilating and devastating Cheong Wa Dae and reactionary governing agencies in Seoul."
The guns included the Juche gun, a 170-mm self-propelled gun with an extended barrel.
The [North] Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as expressing "great satisfaction" and said the drill was designed to "turn Seoul, the stronghold of the Park Geun-hye treacherous clique that has conducted an exercise of attack on the office of the supreme revolutionary leadership, into a sea of flames."
The show of force came in response to a drill by the South Korean Air Force on March 21 practicing precision strikes on key North Korean facilities.
But a military source here said, "If they'd been placed in such a densely packed formation in a real war, most of the long-range artillery pieces would have been destroyed by South Korean and U.S. bombers."
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