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Sunday, May 05, 2019, 17:46
DPRK's Kim oversees 'strike drill' of rocket launchers
By Xinhua
Sunday, May 05, 2019, 17:46 By Xinhua

This May 4, 2019, photo provided on May 5, 2019, by the DPRK government shows DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, equipped with binoculars, observing tests of different weapons systems, in the country. (KOREA CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY / KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

PYONGYANG - Kim Jong-un, leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), guided the strike drill of defense units in the East Sea of Korea on Saturday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday.

Kim praised the People's Army for its excellent operation of modern large-caliber long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons

The report said the drill was aimed "to estimate and inspect the operating ability and the accuracy of striking duty performance of large-caliber long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons by defense units based in the frontline area and on the eastern front."

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"After setting the sequences and methods of strike, the Supreme Leader gave an order of firing," the report said.

Kim praised the People's Army for its excellent operation of modern large-caliber long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons, and spoke highly of the successful striking drill though it was organized without an advance notice, it said.

Kim also stressed the need for the army to keep high alert posture and enhance combat ability to "defend the political sovereignty and economic self-sustenance of the country."

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The Republic of Korea (ROK)'s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Saturday that the DPRK fired unidentified short-range projectiles off its east coast Saturday morning.  

This May 4, 2019, photo provided on May 5, 2019, by the DPRK government shows a test of weapon systems in the DPRK. (KOREA CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY / KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)


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