Intimidating South Korea and its ally the United States at every opportunity, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who is alleged to be working on nuclear weapons, called on the North Korean army to intensify exercises "for a real war".
Along with Kim Jong-un, his daughter Ju Ae supervised the artillery exercise in Hwasong with the army commanders. According to the photos released by the North Korean state media, 6 short-range missiles were launched simultaneously during the exercise. State news agency KCNA reported that the scenario of the exercise was to hit an enemy airfield on the western front.
During the exercise, Kim Jong-un told the artillery units that they had to prepare for two tasks, the first of which was to deter war, and the second was to take responsibility in the war by intensifying the exercises with real war simulations.
North Korea's missile exercise and "preparation for real war" rhetoric from Pyongyang came just before the United States and South Korea's largest military exercise in the last 5 years, which will begin on Monday.
Relations between the two Koreas are at one of the worst levels in decades. North Korea, which has nuclear weapons, increased the number of tests it carried out with banned weapons, while South Korea chose to strengthen its military cooperation with Washington in response.