November 19, 2019 11:38
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told special troops to be better prepared for war as he watched a parachute drill, according to state media on Monday.
His appearance at the drill came two days after he observed an air combat drill last Saturday, and despite a decision by South Korea and the U.S. on Sunday to postpone a joint air defense drill that was scheduled for later this month.
The North's official Rodong Sinmun daily reported that Kim gave guidance for the parachute drill of sharpshooters, while photos showed him watching paratroopers jump from the sky.
He told them it is "necessary to wage a drill without notice under the simulated conditions of real war" to improving the military's war readiness and build it into an "invincible army."
The drill was conducted in the form of a contest, with focus on testing if the sharpshooters can jump out of aircraft and infiltrate an unfamiliar terrain and engage in combat immediately, according to the daily.
Kim expressed satisfaction with the sharpshooters, calling them "courageous and trustworthy warriors." He posed for a group photo with his arms around their shoulders.
The AN-2 planes they jumped from are believed to be capable of avoiding radar detection by flying at low altitudes and with a partly applied stealth function, South Korean military intelligence authorities said.
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