N. Korea leader Kim oversees long-range artillery drill, reports KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a drill of long-range artillery sub-units of the Korean People's Army, in North Korea March 2, 2020. — KCNA pic via Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a drill of long-range artillery sub-units of the Korean People's Army, in North Korea March 2, 2020. — KCNA pic via Reuters

SEOUL, March 3 — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw a long-range artillery drill yesterday, state media KCNA said today.

South Korea had reported two launches off the east coast into the sea yesterday, but KCNA made no mention of whether missiles were involved.

Photos released by state media showed troops firing a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), first seen last year and estimated by analysts to be about 400mm-450mm in caliber.

“The men of long-range artillery pieces on the front participating in the drill proudly demonstrated the accurate marksmanship which they had improved in their training,” KCNA reported.

While smaller than some of the other short-range missiles fired by North Korea last year, analysts said the large MLRS are still a type of ballistic missile, and therefore a potential violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Yesterday's launch was the first since North Korea fired what it called “super-large multiple rocket launchers” on November 28 and follow a year-end deadline North Korea has put forth for the United States to drop its insistence on unilateral denuclearisation by Pyongyang. — Reuters

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