April 18, 2017 10:19
North Korea has been busily touting its special operation forces since they took part for the first time in a parade on the 105th birthday of regime founder Kim Il-sung last Saturday.
In its Sunday edition, the state-run Rodong Sinmun carried no fewer than a dozen pictures of special ops forces in a spread about the units that took part in the parade. The online edition had even more pictures.
Their outfits looked so similar to those of the South Korean special forces that it was hard to distinguish them.
Some pictures show leader Kim Jong-un with a big smile on his face when the forces, clad in black sunglasses and their faces painted in black camouflage, appear.
"Kim seems to be putting top priority on the special operation forces," a source said.
The shift of focus appears to be a response to "decapitation operations" by South Korea and the U.S. in recent joint maneuvers, a researcher at a government-funded think tank here speculated. "The regime also seems to have stepped up plans to infiltrate South Korean rear areas with the troops."
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