Pyongyang fired another missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, just ten days after the UN Security Council officially condemned North Korea for its previous series of missile launches in recent weeks.
North Korea's state media said Sunday that its leader Kim Jong-un had guided a rocket firing drill the day before to simulate a strike on military bases in South Korea, where over 28-thousand U.S. troops are stationed.
This confirmed reports from Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff Saturday night that said a short-range missile, presumably a Scud-type missile, was fired into the East Sea from North Korea's western coast, near the de facto sea border between the two Koreas.
The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency says the launch was timed to coincide with the July 27th anniversary of the ceasefire agreement signed at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
Although the armistice means that North and South Korea are still technically at war, North Korea hails the day as a major national holiday praising late leader Kim Il-sung for his achievement in bringing the country a victory in the Korean War.
The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, said in a front-page editorial on Sunday that the country should commemorate the victory by carrying out its military first policy and strengthening its self-defense capability.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.