North Korea held what appears to have been the largest live-fire drill in its history on Tuesday to mark the founding of its military, even as a nuclear-powered U.S. submarine arrived in South Korea in a show of force with Seoul.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said North Korean authorities pulled out numerous long-range artillery units for the drill near the eastern port city of Wonsan on Tuesday, the 85th anniversary of the military’s founding. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is thought to have attended the large-scale drill, Yonhap reported, citing a government source. The drill comes after North Korean state media defiantly said it was prepared to bring the “history of U.S. scheming and nuclear blackmail” to a close. It also coincided with the arrival of the nuclear-powered USS Michigan in South Korea on Tuesday, both a show of solidarity with Seoul and a warning to Pyongyang. Read more.