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North Korea Simulates Seoul Attack Against President's House

North Korea Simulates Seoul Attack Against President's House

Photos of the military drill, which was observed by North Korean leader Kim John-un, were released by the North Korea's state-owned news agency, KCNA, on Sunday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the combat drill of the service personnel of the special operation battalion of KPA Unit 525 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on December 11, 2016.

Watching the drill through binoculars, Kim beamed as his troops left no room for enemies to counteract or hide.

China announced on Saturday that it was suspending coal imports from North Korea for three weeks, in line with the latest United Nations sanctions against the hermit state.

The report specifically mentioned the South as a target for North Korean forces, as Kim offered advice on a "guerilla warfare" invasion of the country's southern neighbor and rival.

South Korean officials were quick to condemn the movements.

"If the enemy conducts a provocation based on its rash judgment, we will strongly and firmly retaliate with a fatal blow against the North Korean leadership", the South Korea defense ministry's join chiefs of staff said, The Independent reported.

Although Beijing has traditionally protected Pyongyang diplomatically, believing that Kim Jong-un's regime is preferable to its collapse, it has grown frustrated by its neighbor's defiance.

Despite its recent anger at Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, Beijing remains North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic backer and it frequently comes under suspicion for not properly enforcing sanctions. "This harmonization of our own sanctions, as well as working together in NY, really shows and symbolizes our strong trilateral cooperation on North Korea". Adm. William Gortney, then-head of U.S. Northern Command, said in March that Pyongyang may have figured out how to make a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a long-range missile. In 1968, North Korean commandos infamously attacked South Korea's presidential residence for real in an attempt to assassinate President Park's father, Park Chung-hee, who was the third person to hold South Korea's presidency.

Last week, before the impeachment vote, Seoul accused its insular northern neighbor of hacking its military intranet and leaking confidential information.