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N. Korea leader monitors 'actual war' drill

Published on Feb 26, 2013 11:21 AM
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a flight exercise and a paratrooping drill of the Air and Anti-Air Force and Large Combined Unit 630 of the Korean People's Army, in this undated recent picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang on Feb 23, 2013. - PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a live-fire artillery drill aimed at simulating an "actual war", state media said on Tuesday, a day after South Korea swore in its first female president.

"An endless barrage of shells were fired by artillery pieces on 'enemy positions', their roar rocking heaven and earth, and all of them were enveloped in flames," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

"Feasting his eyes at the 'enemy positions' in flames, (Kim) was satisfied," the official agency added.

KCNA gave no precise time or location for the drill, but its announcement followed Monday's presidential inauguration in the South, at which new leader Park Geun Hye signalled a zero-tolerance policy to North Korea provocation.

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