North Korean troops organize artillery fire competition

North Korean mechanized troops held an artillery fire competition over the weekend as part of efforts to boost the country’s defense capabilities, state media reported Sunday.
The drills were held on Saturday, state news agency KCNA said, and come as North Korea increasingly complains about what it sees as double standards in which its military activities invite international criticism when similar exercises South Korea and the United States generally do not.

Analysts say Pyongyang is seeking to normalize its defense activities, with the aim of ultimately gaining international acceptance for its arsenals of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, which have been sanctioned by UN Security Council resolutions.

Much of North Korea’s large conventional artillery force is deployed along the fortified border with South Korea, where they have the range to reach the densely populated capital of Seoul.

The drills come “at a time when enthusiasm to undergo intensive training prevails throughout the Korean People’s Army (KPA) to usher in a new heyday in strengthening the state’s defense capabilities under the flag. of self-defense, “KCNA reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of a project to finally build 50,000 new apartments, in Pyongyang, North Korea (credit: KCNA / REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

They were overseen by Pak Jong Chon, a member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, KCNA said.

Pak is a general long seen as a rising star in the country’s powerful military and a major player in its missile program who was promoted to his current positions in September.

General Rim Kwang Il, chief of staff of the Korean People’s Army, and commanders of the participating units, observed the drills with Pak, KCNA said.

“As soon as the commanders of the combined units gave the firing orders, the cannons of the weapons to annihilate the enemy competitively bombarded the target to hit it accurately,” the report says.

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