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14 December
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DPRK is preparing for a new war?

North Korean leader recently attends airborne landing exercises

Kim Jong-un Photo: Yonhap

/NOVOSTIVL/ North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has supervised an airborne landing training, emphasizing the need to improve the country's war preparedness, Pyongyang's official news agency said Monday. This article appeared in the Yonhap News Agency.

Kim's "field guidance" was reported a day after South Korea and the United States decided to put off their wartime air exercises to encourage North Korea to return to the negotiation table for its denuclearization.

Kim watched "an airborne landing training of sharpshooter sub-units of the Air and Anti-Aircraft Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA)," - according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

"It is necessary to wage a drill without notice under the simulated conditions of real war like this and examine it, not being affected by rule and formality, and thus make it an opportunity for improving the preparedness of KPA units for war and examining and training them," - Kim was quoted as saying.

North Korea earlier said it is ready to meet with the U.S. "at any place and any time" but strongly protested the upcoming drills, warning of "shocking punishment," and urged Washington to drop such hostile policy against Pyongyang.

Kim's supervision of the airborne landing training comes two days after the KCNA reported that he attended a military air show and called on pilots to be ready to fight "enemies armed to the teeth."

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