December 12, 2016 09:07
North Korean commandos have practiced attacking South Korea's presidential compound and abducting key officials as leader Kim Jong-un watched, official media reported Sunday.
Given the state media's practice of reporting events a day late, the attack drill probably took place on Saturday, a day after the National Assembly voted in favor of impeaching President Park Geun-hye.
The Rodong Sinmun daily featured 27 photos of special forces soldiers infiltrating Cheong Wa Dae, the presidential office engulfed in flames and Kim Jong-un smiling.
The drill appears to have been held at a firing range on the outskirts of Pyongyang, where the South Korean military said in April North Korea has built a mock-up of Cheong Wa Dae.
A government official here speculated that the North staged the drill to celebrate the imminent ouster of Park, who had pursued a hardline policy against the North.
North Korean media also pictured photos of major South Korean government officials hanging on the walls at the firing range.
After the exercise, Kim posed for photos with the elite troops.
- Copyright © Chosunilbo & Chosun.com