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North Korea Is Practicing for an Air Raid

N. Korea's heir apparent Kim Jong-un In this Oct. 9, 2010, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Kim Jong-un, the third son and heir apparent of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, applauds while watching the North's mass gymnastics festival
In this March 11, 2013 photo released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed March 12, 2013 by the Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides on a boat, heading for the Wolnae Islet Defense Detachment, North Korea, near the western sea border with South Korea. North Korea’s young leader urged front-line troops to be on “maximum alert” for a potential war as a state-run newspaper said Pyongyang had carried out a threat to cancel the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Photo: Yonhap

North Korea loves its saber rattling, but on Thursday morning it was more like fear mongering as the Korean People’s Army sounded an air raid at 9:32 a.m. local time. “Military units and units of all levels must quickly take measures to prevent damage from the enemy’s air strikes,” warned the broadcast. Reuters reports that “the action appeared to be a drill,” possibly having to do with those B-52s that have been flying around South Korea lately. Perhaps Kim Jong-un thought people needed a change of pace from the usual bluster.