North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un has been personally inspecting and guiding artillery and landing exercises that simulate "attack and seizure" of a South Korean island, Pyongyang's state media said in a report.
The drill undertaken by artillery forces of the 4th Corp and island defence units was conducted at the direction and guidance of Kim, stated KCNA, the mouth piece news organisation of the hermit kingdom. The agency further said that the aim of the latest training was to prepare for a "fight" against the United States.
The drill took place on the islets of Mu and Jangjae "in the biggest hotspot in the southernmost part of southwestern front", the KCNA report further revealed.
"The entire army should make their training more intense, as the anti-Japanese guerrillas did in Mount Paektu, to prepare all soldiers as stalwart combatants and turn all units into an iron-willed guards unit and thus bring the anti-U.S. confrontation to the final conclusion by crushing the enemies promptly in case they pounce upon the DPRK," Kim said, the agency reports. The DPRK is the acronym for North Korea's official name, "the Democratic People's Republic of Korea".
"Whenever the artillerymen hit targets, Kim Jong-Un expressed his great satisfaction, saying that they were very good at the concentration of fire and such shell-fire would remove the enemy island totally", KCNA further said.
Another state-owned newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, also carried the same story with pictures of Kim in his "field guidance". The pictures showed the firing of multiple rockets, while Kim, clad in a black coat, watched the exercise through binoculars. A computer was seen stationed on his table at the command post, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency noted.
"The North Korean military seems to have conducted the island strike and landing exercise this time with South Korea's western border islands in mind," although Kim referred to US as its threat, a source at the South's defense ministry told the South Korean news agency.
In 2010, the defence detachment stationed on Mu Islet shelled South Korea's Yoenpyeong Island in an angry retaliation to the drill conducted by South near the disputed sea border in the Yellow Sea. The firing had killed four South Koreans that time.