North Korea Holds Artillery Drills Near Border

Kim Jong Un supervises as shells hit 'imaginary targets': state news

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 14, 2013 4:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Under Kim Jong Un's supervision, North Korea has conducted live artillery drills near a contested sea border with the South, state news reported. The drills reportedly hit the "biggest hotspots in the southwestern sector of the front." It's not clear exactly when the drills, serving as practice for attacks on South Korean islands, occurred, Reuters notes. According to the state report, "shells intensively hit the imaginary targets of the enemy while the roar of the artillery pieces rocked heaven and earth," AFP reports, via Rappler.

In this undated photo distributed Thursday, March 14, 2013, a rocket launcher is fired during a live drill in the southwestern sector of North Korea. KCNA reported Kim Jong Un guided the drill.
In this undated photo distributed Thursday, March 14, 2013, a rocket launcher is fired during a live drill in the southwestern sector of North Korea. KCNA reported Kim Jong Un guided the drill.   (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)
In this undated photo distributed Thursday, March 14, 2013, Kim Jong Un inspects a live ammunition firing drill in the southwestern sector of North Korea.
In this undated photo distributed Thursday, March 14, 2013, Kim Jong Un inspects a live ammunition firing drill in the southwestern sector of North Korea.   (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)
In this undated photo distributed Thursday, March 14, 2013, Kim Jong Un watches live ammunition firing drills in the southwestern sector in North Korea.
In this undated photo distributed Thursday, March 14, 2013, Kim Jong Un watches live ammunition firing drills in the southwestern sector in North Korea.   (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)
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