October 31, 2017 10:06
North Korea conducted blackout and mass evacuation drills in provincial regions on Oct. 23-28 with a focus on the eastern seaboard area, U.S. news service NK News said Saturday.
"The wartime preparations were not observed in Pyongyang... and were restricted to locations outside of the capital, particularly on the east coast," the NK News said.
A source said similar drills had happened in the past but this was by far the biggest exercise.
A researcher with a state-run think tank here said the drills probably came in response to a massive looming presence of U.S. aircraft carrier fleets on North Korea's doorstep.
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