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N.K. leader inspects women's artillery contest

All Headlines 10:28 November 19, 2016

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected an artillery contest among the military's female multiple launch rocket system gunners, the North's state news agency reported Saturday.

"He organized this contest all of a sudden and guided it on the spot in order to estimate and confirm the combat capability of women gunners," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a report, without revealing the date of the event, as it customarily does not.

In the contest, Kim stressed the significance of training women soldiers for the great war for national unification and of preparing all gunners to be able to fight anywhere and anytime, according to the KCNA.

"To this end, the training of artillery units should be conducted under the simulated conditions of an actual battle," the KCNA quoted Kim as saying.

"The training irrelevant to an actual war is not necessary no matter how frequently it is conducted, and soldiers would have to pay dearly in combat for such training," Kim also was quoted as saying.

North Korea's top military echelon accompanied Kim's latest military inspection, including Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong-so, director of the military's general political bureau, and Ri Myong-su, the military's chief of general staff.

pbr@yna.co.kr
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