North Korea’s million-man army is dialing down its infamous military exercises and parades in 2018; scaling back on the iconic drills as fuel sources and supplies run-dry under crippling UN sanctions and US pressure.
According to a bombshell report in the Wall Street Journal, Kim Jong Un’s brutal regime is canceling planned exercises and maneuvers throughout the Hermit Kingdom as an energy embargo by Russian and China continues to take its toll on the communist nation.
It’s commonplace for North Korea to stage massive winter war games from November through February; highlighting Kim’s artillery, special forces units, surface-to-air capabilities, and even his expanding nuclear and missile programs.
This season, the North Korean despot instructed his commanders and military leaders to focus on “mass-producing” nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
“Where this will have an effect is on ground-force readiness. Military units have to train to maintain their proficiency,” one senior military analyst told the Wall Street Journal.
Kim’s military draw-down comes just days before thousands of international visitors descend on the region as South Korea hosts the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.