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Kim Jong-un unveils and drives “new type of battle tank” during military exercises: KCNA report

During military exercises, Kim Jong-un unveiled and drove a “new type of battle tank”, KCNA reported Thursday. The North Korean leader stressed the “need to hold extensive exercises simulating a real war” as the United States and South Korea continue their joint maneuvers in the region.

Published on: 03/14/2024 – 06:26

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Dressed in a black leather jacket, Kim Jong-un appeared in North Korea by driving a “new type of battle tank”, the official KCNA agency reported on Thursday March 14.

The North Korean leader supervised military exercises and came to greet soldiers in camouflage uniforms to ovations, according to images broadcast by KCNA.

After reviewing the tank crews, the leader “mounted on a new type of battle tank, grabbed the control lever and drove the tank himself,” the state agency described.

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Kim Jong-un said he was very satisfied with the “excellent striking power” of this tank. He also underlined “the importance of the role and responsibility of tankers in modern warfare”, and insisted on the “need to organize extensive exercises simulating a real war”, according to the same source.

Seoul and Washington exercises

These North Korean exercises took place on the last day of the annual spring military maneuvers by Washington and Seoul, which doubled the number of troops participating this year compared to 2023, in order to better prepare to respond to growing nuclear threats from Pyongyang, they said.

North Korea, which has nuclear weapons, has long condemned these exercises, which it considers to be rehearsals for an invasion of its territory. Pyongyang has previously conducted weapons tests in response to joint exercises of this nature.

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Since the start of the year, Pyongyang has designated South Korea as its “main enemy,” closed agencies dedicated to reunification and inter-Korean dialogue, and threatened war for any violation of its territory. would it be only 0.001 millimeters?

With AFP

2024-03-14 08:56:29
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