By Nine News | 0120 25 April 2017
North Korea has reportedly put on a massive live-fire drill marking the foundation of its military, as a US submarine docks in South Korea amid growing concern over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
The port call by the USS Michigan comes as a US aircraft carrier strike group steams for Korean waters and the top nuclear envoys from South Korea, Japan, and the US meet in Tokyo to discuss the North’s refusal to give up its nuclear program.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported the North appeared to have today deployed a large number of long-range artillery units and conducted a large-scale live firing drill in the region of Wonsan on its east coast.
The report, citing an unidentified government source, said the live-fire exercise was possibly supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The South’s Defence Ministry could not confirm the report.
Fears in recent weeks have risen North Korea could soon conduct another nuclear test or missile launch in defiance of United Nations sanctions.
State media commentary marking the 85th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People’s Army’s said that its military was prepared “to bring to closure the history of US scheming and nuclear blackmail”.
“There is no limit to the strike power of the People’s Army armed with our style of cutting-edge military equipment including various precision and miniaturised nuclear weapons and submarine-launched ballistic missiles,” the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a front-page editorial.
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