Credit: Naenara
 

 
 

North Korea stages massive artillery drill to mark anniversary


PUBLISHED Tue, April 25, 2017 - 12:44am EDT
File photo (Credit: State media)


North Korea has staged its largest-ever artillery firing drill to mark the 85th anniversary of its military, the South's Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday. It comes amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. (more)





Yonhap, citing a government source, said the drill involved about 300 to 400 long-range artillery pieces, which would make it the country's largest ever firing drill. It happened near the eastern port city of Wonsan in Kangwon Province.

North Korea's long-range artillery is capable of reaching the South Korean capital of Seoul, which is just 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries.

Other details about the event were not immediately available, though Yonhap said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to have participated in the event, which took place as North Korea marks Military Foundation Day.

But with tensions running high on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea did not use the holiday to carry out a missile or nuclear test. North Korea has carried out a series of missile tests over the past few months and experts believe a nuclear test is imminent.

Tuesday's firing drill comes after U.S. President Donald Trump held calls with leaders of Japan, China, and Germany to discuss North Korea's advancing nuclear weapons program. U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson will chair a special ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday to discuss North Korea.





  Wonsan, North Korea     

 

LEAVE COMMENTS



HAPPENING NOW


AROUND THE WEB




 

LIVE WIRE

California earthquake: Tremor felt in Berkeley and Oakland     9 hrs  

Police officer stabbed at Michigan airport in ‘act of terrorism’     14 hrs  

Florida Amber Alert: Alanda McCoy abducted from Milton     15 hrs  

Florida Amber Alert: Jessica Matias-Francisco abducted from Fort Myers     2 days  

WATCH LIVE: Sky News coverage of London incident     3 days  



.
email alerts



Just want the important news? Sign up now for the fastest email alerts from BNO News. Click here to get started!



Happening Now

Queen’s husband Prince Philip hospitalized with infection      46 mins  

ISIS destroys Mosul mosque where it declared caliphate     8 hrs  

California earthquake: Tremor felt in Berkeley and Oakland     9 hrs  

Police officer stabbed at Michigan airport in ‘act of terrorism’     14 hrs  

Florida Amber Alert: Alanda McCoy abducted from Milton     15 hrs  





More World

Queen’s husband Prince Philip hospitalized with infection      46 mins  

ISIS destroys Mosul mosque where it declared caliphate     8 hrs  

Islamic State’s chief cleric Turki al-Bin’ali killed in airstrike in Syria     1 day  

U.S. shoots down pro-regime drone in southern Syria     1 day  

At least 79 people presumed dead in London high-rise fire     2 days