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N.K. leader watches live-fire drill on military anniversary

All Headlines 07:21 April 26, 2017

SEOUL, April 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observed the largest-ever live-fire drill to mark the 85th founding anniversary of his armed forces, the country's state TV broadcaster said Wednesday.

The North's leader watched the drill to mark the anniversary of the Korean People's Army (KPA) from an airfield in the eastern port city of Wonsan on Tuesday, according to the Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station.

North Korea carried out a large-scale conventional arms exercise instead of staging another nuclear test or missile provocation. North Korea has detonated five nuclear devices since 2006 and test-fired several missiles this year.

Among key officials in attendance were Kim Won-hong, a former spy chief who was reportedly dismissed in mid-January, it said.

Kim made his first public appearance since his dismissal at a military parade held on April 15 to mark the 105th birthday of late state founder Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of the current leader.

sooyeon@yna.co.kr
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