North Korea conducted its biggest ever live-firing exercise
North Korea conducted its biggest ever live-firing exercise which saw female soldiers take to the streets in chilling formation earlier this week.
The battalions paraded through the capital Pyongyang to celebrate the 85th anniversary of its military’s creation and to show off its readiness for war.
Amid the spectacle a defector from the secretive regime has dramatically revealed tyrannical leader Kim Jong-un could have 500,000 female soldiers battle-ready to send to the front line should war break out.
Female fights are somewhat of a fixture in Kim’s regime, with heavily staged photos last year showing the portly chief surrounded by emotional female fighters while watching a firing display of a rocket launcher system.
And the state-run news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) recently reported he organised a womens-only gunner competition.
The KCNA said: “He organised this contest all of a sudden and guided it on the spot in order to estimate and confirm the combat capability of women gunners.”
Female fights are somewhat of a fixture in Kim’s regime
Kim, presiding over the pseudo-Communist state, stressed the importance of female soldiers and the need to train them up to be “great war for national unification”.
He added it was highly important for all gunners – male and female – to be ready to down tools and fight at a moment’s notice.
KCNA quoted the leader as saying: “To this end, the training of artillery units should be conducted under the simulated conditions of an actual battle.
Training of artillery units should be conducted under the simulated conditions of an actual battle
“The training irrelevant to an actual war is not necessary no matter how frequently it is conducted, and soldiers would have to pay dearly in combat for such training.”
It is thought Kim’s emphasis and support for women in combat roles is due to a lack of men, after estimates suggest thousands starved to death or deserted their military posts during the great famine that gripped the nation in the nineties.
The exact percentage of women in the military varies, with some figures…