North Korean chief Kim Jong Un oversaw another army drill, state media reported Friday, ahead of a gathering of the nation’s rubber-stamp parliament, which is going ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The small-scale drill featured infantry units firing mortars at a target and is the newest in a month of drills by the North Korean army.
Some earlier exercises included short-range ballistic missiles and went ahead regardless of stringent measures the nation has taken to prevent a coronavirus pandemic.
“Sky-high militant spirit and enthusiasm pervade all of the sub-units and artillerymen as they took part in the firing drill under the direct steerage of the Supreme Leader,” the outlet stated.
The exercise was held “to further fortify the nation’s defense capabilities,” state news agency KCNA stated in a report.
The Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) is because of hold its annual assembly Friday.
When the parliamentary meeting was introduced in March, worldwide observers said it was a sign of confidence by Kim’s authorities that he could collect hundreds of the nation’s leaders in one place regardless of the pandemic.
North Korea claims it has no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus; however, it has stated that it continues testing and has over 500 people in quarantine, based on the World Health Organization.