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ROK: DPRK held large-scale artillery drills

By Agencies

ROK: DPRK held large-scale artillery drills
Chief nuclear negotiators from left to right, Joseph Yun, U.S. special representative for DPRK policy, Kenji Kanasugi, director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and Kim Hong-kyun, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs at the ROK Foreign Ministry, pose for photographers before their meeting about DPRK issues at the Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (Toru Yamanaka / Pool Photo via AP)

SEOUL - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted large-scale live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday to mark its army anniversary, said the Republic of Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff in a statement.

There were signs that the DPRK's military was conducting large-scale, live-fire drills around Wonsan on its east coast, Yonhap said

According to the statement, the DPRK staged the large-scale exercises of firepower on Tuesday afternoon around the city of Wonsan on the east coast.

According to the statement, the ROK military was closely monitoring the DPRK's moves as it maintains firm combat readiness.

Tuesday's drills, believed to be the largest-ever live-fire exercises carried out by the DPRK, reportedly involved between 300 and 400 long-range artilleries. The drills were observed by top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, according to ROK's Yonhap news agency.

ROK's envoy for DPRK Kim Hong-kyun said he and his Japanese and American counterparts had agreed to "maximize pressure" on Pyongyang to prevent it from making further provocations. US envoy for DPRK Joseph Yun said he and his counterparts from Japan and ROK agreed to coordinate "all actions" on DPRK.

The three envoys held talks in Tokyo on Tuesday.

ROK: DPRK held large-scale artillery drills
Nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan approaches at the southeastern port city of Busan on April 25, 2017. (YONHAP / AFP)

ROK said a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine had docked in the southern port of Busan, but it wasn't expected to participate in joint naval exercises with ROK.

An official from ROK's navy said Tuesday the USS Michigan was making a routine stop to rest its crews and reload supplies. The submarine arrived on the same day the DPRK celebrated the anniversary of the founding of its military.

Crowds in Pyongyang, DPRK's capital, laid flowers and paid respects at giant statues of the country's former leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, one day after the minister of defense reiterated that the DPRK is ready to use pre-emptive strikes or any measures it deems necessary to defend itself against the "U.S. imperialists."

The live-fire drills in the DPRK on Tuesday came amid ongoing joint military exercises of ROK and the United States.

The U.S.-ROK war games, code-named Foal Eagle, kicked off on April 13 and would last till the end of the month. It was denounced by the DPRK as a rehearsal for northward invasion.


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