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North Korea staged largest ever live-firing drill

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North Korea has reportedly staged what appears to be its largest ever live-firing drill to mark the 85th founding anniversary of its military as China warns it a nuclear test will cross the point of no return.

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According to Yonhap news agency, a government source said the country had deployed a large number of long-range artillery units and conducted a large-scale live firing drill in the port of Wonsan on its east coast.

Leader Kim Jong-un is also believed to have participated in the event, supervising 300-400 “long-range artillery pieces that can put Seoul and its adjacent areas within range”.

“Signs are detected that North Korea’s military is conducting a large-scale drill around the eastern port city of Wonsan on the anniversary,” a source told Yonhap News.

North Korea will cross the point of no return if it carries out another nuclear test, the official Chinese newspaper Global Times, controlled by the ruling Communist Party, warns.

In an editorial Tuesday, the paper warned Pyongyang of serious consequences if it acts on its latest provocations, following tensions between Kim Jong-un’s regime and the US, which is threatening to launch a pre-emptive strike against North Korean nuclear advances.

The Times encouraged their neighbour to take a step back, advising that “if North Korea carries out a sixth nuclear test as expected, it is more likely than ever that the situation will cross the point of no return.”

According to the Global Times, “all parties would bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses”.

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