N.Korea Conducts Live-Fire Drill

  • By Yang Seung-sik, Yu Yong-weon

    November 26, 2019 12:49

    The North Korean military conducted a live-fire drill near South Korea's Baeknyeong Island in the West Sea over the weekend.

    The drill, conducted on the orders of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was a violation of the inter-Korean military agreement signed in September 2018.

    The Defense Ministry here in a rare condemnation of North Korea on Monday expressed regret, saying that the North violated the pact, but declined to elaborate further.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (center) watches a live-fire drill at a military unit near Baeknyeong Island in the West Sea, in this grab from [North] Korean Central Television on Monday. /Yonhap

    The drill was conducted either on Saturday or Sunday, apparently to mark the ninth anniversary of the North's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island on Nov. 23, 2010.

    It was conducted in a so-called "peace zone" in the West Sea designated under the cross-border military pact.

    According to the official [North] Korean Central News Agency, Kim personally chose the targets during a visit to the artillery battery on the border islet of Changrin, southeast of Baeknyeong Island.

    Kim told troops to be ready for combat missions at any time, KCNA said.

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