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NKorea's Kim commands military live-fire drills

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korean state media is reporting that new leader Kim Jong Un commanded live-fire drills involving all three branches of the military as he bolsters his credentials as commander in chief.

The official Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday that Kim oversaw the combined drills in the presence of top military and political advisers.

It's a high-profile military appearance for Kim, who took over as leader following father Kim Jong Il's death in December. Kim Jong Un has made a series of visits to military bases in recent weeks.

The live-fire drills come amid fierce rhetoric from Pyongyang against rival South Korea over Seoul's decision to push ahead with war games with its U.S. ally.

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