North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has inspected a set of military landing drills and ordered any enemies attacking the country be buried at sea, the North’s state media said Sunday.
The drills appeared to be the latest show of force against South Korea and the United States, which have been conducting joint military exercises seen by the North as preparation for war against it.
Kim supervised both a landing drill and an anti-landing drill, involving surface ships, pursuit planes and artillery subunits.
“Seeing the daring action of landing units, Kim Jong-un said with pleasure that such surprise landing and attack on the coast would result in a victorious battle,” the Korean Central News Agency said in an English dispatch, without disclosing when the drills took place.
“The victory of an amphibious battle depends mainly on how to neutralize the enemy’s possible anti-landing movements while getting over its coastal defenses at one go,” the KCNA quoted Kim as saying. ”
“He said that to bury at sea any enemy groups attacking to land in the coast of the country, training should be intensified among the units and sub-units of the KPA (Korean People’s Army) with the Juche-based idea and tactics on the coastal defense newly set forth by the (ruling Workers’) Party.”
Juche is the North’s founding ideology of self-reliance.
In the meantime, South Korean military officials said North Korea fired two medium-range ballistic missiles on Friday, Korea Joongang Daily said.
One missile, which was believed to be a medium-range Rodong missile, was fired around 5:55 am from Sukchon, north of the capital of Pyongyang, and it flew about 800 kilometers (500 miles) before falling into waters within Japan’s air defense identification zone.
A second projectile was fired at 6:17 a.m. and disappeared from radar at an altitude of 17 kilometers. The military said it is examining whether it exploded. There is also the possibility it was a false radar image.