March 04, 2021

Kim Jong Un praises army’s “readiness” following impromptu air combat exercise

Visit was DPRK leader's first military-linked on-site inspection in five months

North Korean leader Kim Jong this week oversaw military drills by the country's air and anti-aircraft force tasked with defending the capital city of Pyongyang, state-run media reported on Wednesday, in an unplanned visit to the unit in which he hailed their "readiness."

Coverage of the visit carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and the Rodong Sinmun reported that Kim had “abruptly dropped by” Unit 1017 of the Air and Anti-aircraft Force of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) to “learn about the flight drill of a pursuit assault plane group."