North Korea’s Kim ‘drives’ new tank during mock battle

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guided a subject objection involving a caller conflict tank, authorities media KCNA reported Thursday, successful nan latest show of unit by nan isolated authorities arsenic South Korea and nan United States wrapped up associated drills.

Kim expressed “great satisfaction” that nan caller type of main conflict vessel successfully demonstrated its striking powerfulness successful its first capacity show connected Wednesday, KCNA said.

The “training match” was designed to inspect nan combat capabilities of vessel crews and make them acquainted pinch combat action connected different tactical missions, it said.

“Swiftly weaving their measurement done various worst combat circumstances, dense tanks deed targets astatine erstwhile pinch powerful strikes and collapsed done beardown defense lines pinch precocious maneuverability,” nan study said.

The 105th Tank Division, which was declared nan victor of nan mock battle, was nan portion that occupied nan South Korean capital, Seoul, during nan Korean War, KCNA said.

Kim was joined astatine nan arena by elder officials, including Defense Minister Kang Sun Nam.

In a photograph published by KCNA, nan leader of nan reclusive authorities could beryllium seen pinch his caput peeking retired of a vessel arsenic authorities media reported he drove nan vessel himself.

Other photographs showed Kim sporting a leather overgarment and surrounded by troops, and besides tanks pinch nan North Korean emblem blasting ammunition connected a field.

The mock conflict comes arsenic joint annual drills involving South Korea and nan U.S. were owed to wrap up connected Thursday. The drills, known arsenic nan Freedom Shield exercises, were nan first to return spot since Pyongyang scrapped a 2018 inter-Korean subject pact aimed astatine de-escalating tensions successful November.

As portion of nan drills, South Korea’s service said nan mixed forces had conducted a associated live-fire workout astatine a training guidelines successful nan metropolis of Pocheon successful nan past week.

The unrecorded occurrence drill featured tanks and armored cars arsenic good arsenic FA-50 combatant jets, nan service said successful a statement.

North Korea has agelong condemned specified subject drills arsenic rehearsals for war, while Seoul has portrayed nan exercises arsenic purely defensive.

Kim’s quality astatine nan objection comes aft he guided an artillery firing drill by nan Korean People’s Army, nan country’s subject force, past week.

The drill progressive units adjacent nan separator that are successful firing scope of “the enemy’s capital,” KCNA said, referring to Seoul, which has astir 10 cardinal residents.