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North Korea leader directs island assault drill: Report

Published on Jul 5, 2014 10:20 AM
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks through a pair of binoculars during an inspection of the Hwa Islet Defence Detachment standing guard over a forward post off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on July 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned the South would "regret bitterly" any incursion of their disputed sea border as he directed a large-scale mock assault on an island, state media said on Saturday.

The joint landing drill involving the army, navy and air force followed a series of missile tests in the past week - seen by some a display of pique over Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day state visit to Seoul.

The mock assault is apparently aimed at five islands controlled by the South near the south-western part of North Korea. Seoul suspects these islands, which provide outposts for the South, would be the first target for the North in case of an armed conflict.

"Participating in the drill were combatants, artillery pieces of various calibres, combat ships including submarines, and formations of pursuit fighters, bombers and transport planes of units," the North's Korean Central News Agency said.

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