April 28, 2016 10:22
North Korea has recently built what is believed to be a replica of Cheong Wa Dae at a shooting range near Pyongyang in preparation for a live-fire drill.
Military authorities here said on Wednesday that satellite pictures from early this month show the half-size replica at the Taewon-ri shooting range on the outskirts of Pyongyang.
The pictures also show some 30 artillery pieces, presumed to be field guns and multiple rocket launchers covered with camouflage screens, about 1 km away from the replica.
"It seems highly likely that the regime will stage a massive live-fire drill soon to practice hitting the replica," a Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman speculated.
The spokesman speculated that the regime is trying to create unity by agitating against South Korea ahead of a massive Workers Party congress on May 6.
Back on Feb. 24, the North’s Supreme Command called Cheong Wa Dae its "primary target."
The regime has since ratcheted up threats. On March 23, the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland threatened to "pulverize Cheong Wa Dae in an instant." In an "ultimatum" on March 26, frontline Army units said they were "waiting for an order to launch a preemptive strike on Cheong Wa Dae."
On April 5, a website showed a crude animation of an MRL attack on Cheong Wa Dae.
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