North Korea has staged a live-fire military exercise involving a simulated strike on the residence of South Korean President Park Geun-hye two days after warning her of a “miserable end.”
The North Korean leader ordered and oversaw the drill, the largest-ever of its type, which involved “hundreds of different types” of long-range artillery and was staged to challenge the operation by “the gangster US and Park Geun-hye forces,” according to the KCNA report.
“If the enemies’ challenge us… our artillery forces’ merciless retaliating blow will turn Seoul into rubble and ashes,” the news agency quoted North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as saying.
The long-range artillery drill, attended by Kim, was staged in response to the Foal Eagle military exercises, the largest ever US-South Korea military drills that began on March 7 and will continue till April. The large-scale annual war games involve more than 17,000 US and 300,000 South Korean troops, with warships and aircraft carrying out live-fire drills in the region.