North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called upon his country’s air force to be prepared to attack aircraft carriers.
The Korean Central News Agency, North Korea’s propaganda outlet, reported that Kim made the statements Monday during an event that involved a combat flight contest for commanding officers of the Korean People’s Army Air and Anti-Air Force.
The goal of the contest was to train training all the flight commanding officers “to be a-match-for-a-hundred fighters capable of destroying any targets including enemy aircraft carriers … and encouraging all the army to be combat-ready for national reunification,” the KCNA reported.
Kim said that “fighter pilots successfully performed diverse artistry flights, their flights were wonderful and they fully showed scientific flying and perfect aviation,” according to the KCNA.
The U.K. Daily Mail reported that Kim was seen laughing and grinning with top military officials during the air show as fighter jets rehearsed destroying enemy aircraft carriers. Warplanes and helicopters also carried out drills at an airfield.
The training exercise also included a colorful aerial display, the Daily Mail reported.
The trials came just days after a pair of U.S. aircraft carriers and Japanese naval vessels conducted their own drill in waters off the Korean peninsula.
The Mail reported that the drills were carried out under the slogan, “Forward after me!”
While it’s difficult to know exactly what is going on in the rogue nation, much less in Kim’s head, one thing seems clear: Tensions are continuing to rise.
Kim shows no sign of backing down, and this latest exercise, coupled with his alleged order to the air force to strike aircraft carriers, indicates the dictator wants to remain defiant at whatever the cost.
Kim might be laughing at his air drills now now but that could all change if he decides to follow through on any aggressive move against the United States or its allies.
H/T The Daily Caller
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