N.Korean Navy Ordered to Defend Maritime Border

  • By Yoon Hyung-jun

    November 14, 2018 10:54

    The North Korean People's Army recently sent an urgent order to naval troops to defend the "invariable maritime demarcation line in the West Sea," according to Daily NK on Tuesday.

    The Army was referring to its own delineation of the maritime border, which differs from the Northern Limit Line drawn up by the U.S. and its allies after the Korean War.

    The Army ordered them "to defeat any enemy attacks at sea immediately and resolutely," "never to be carried along by the current mood of peace between the two Koreas."

    The order apparently aims to tighten morale and could also hint at tension within the North Korean military between hardliners and those who support rapprochement between the two Koreas.

    Meanwhile, Voice of America reported that a new big octagonal building has been erected in Yongbyon, North Pyongan Province. It is about 40 m wide and some 10 m tall.

    Nick Hansen of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University speculated that it could be an artillery practice target since several tanks have been spotted nearby.

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