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N. Korea says it staged missile drill to practice striking S. Korean ports, airfields

All News 07:31 July 20, 2016

SEOUL, July 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Wednesday said it conducted a drill aimed at pre-emptively striking South Korean ports and airfields.

On Tuesday, Pyongyang test-fired three ballistic missiles -- two Scuds and one Rodong -- in an apparent "armed protest" against South Korea's decision to deploy an advanced U.S. antimissile system in the country to deal with increasing threats from the communist country.

"The drill was conducted by limiting the firing range under the simulated conditions of making pre-emptive strikes at ports and airfields in the operational theater in South Korea, where the U.S. imperialists nuclear war hardware is to be hurled," North Korea said in an English dispatch carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "provided field guidance to the drill," observing that the ballistic missiles launched in Hwangju, North Hwanghae Province, flew across the country and hit the East Sea, the KCNA said.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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