North Korea holds 'large-scale artillery drill' to mark anniversary

North Korea holds 'large-scale artillery drill' to mark anniversary
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North Korea on Tuesday celebrated the founding of the country's army by holding a "large-scale artillery drill," according to multiple reports.

"Our military is closely monitoring the North Korean military's movements and remains firmly prepared," a statement from the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff says, according to CNN.
 
The statement did not detail the kinds of weapons or military units that were used, according to the network.
 
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North Korea is celebrating the 85th anniversary of the founding of its army.
 
The South Korean president's office said in a statement that an emergency meeting was called to discuss the exercise.
 
The massive artillery drill comes amid increased tensions between the United States and North Korea.
 
Earlier this week, the U.S. called for North Korea to stop its "destabilizing actions and rhetoric" and follow through on its international obligations.
 
"North Korea's unlawful weapons program represents a clear, grave threat to U.S. national security," Pentagon spokesman Gary Ross said in a statement.
 
The comments came after North Korea on Sunday said its military could sink the U.S. aircraft carrier that President Trump is sending to the region "with a single strike."
 
report on Monday said a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy submarine was also en route to South Korea. A defense official described the move as a show of force amid rising tensions in the region.