Tour North Korea on one of the country’s rare holidays


North Korea on Tuesday celebrated the 85th anniversary of the founding of its military with a live-fire artillery drill.

North Korea staged the firing drill near the eastern city of Wonsan, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The action is another show of force from the North amid growing concern among South Korea and its allies, including the U.S., over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. Fears have risen in recent weeks that North Korea could conduct another nuclear test or long-range missile launch in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

The White House on Monday said it would call for an unusual, private, all-Senate briefing about North Korea on Wednesday. Trump has ratcheted up rhetoric against North Korea in recent days, saying Monday at the White House that “North Korea is a big world problem,” and that “people have put blinders on for decades.”

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The founding day of the country’s military is a public holiday — a rare day off for North Koreans. CNN International Correspondent Will Ripley was in North Korea for the day, documenting the event via his Instagram account:


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