North Korea’s military has staged a “large-scale artillery drill” to mark the founding of the country’s army, amid rising tensions with the West.
A statement from the South Korean military said the live-fire exercises were in the Wonsan region in the east of the country Tuesday afternoon, but gave no details on what kinds of weapons and military units took part in the drill.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gave the order to start the demonstration, where more than 300 large-caliber self-propelled guns lined up along the coast opened fire, state news agency KCNA reported Wednesday.
Live fire drills took place in Wonsan, North Korea, to mark the 85th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army founding, according to North Korean State Media.
Relations between North Korea and the US and South Korea have deteriorated in recent months, as the rhetoric and military posturing on both sides has increased.
There have been occasions in the past when political tensions have reached crisis point — most recently in April 2013 — but Trump’s firm rhetoric on North Korea in recent weeks is unusual for a US leader.
Fears have also mounted in recent weeks that North Korea could soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch.