FILE - In this file photo released Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed Tuesday, Feb. 26 by the Korea News Service, a Korean People's Army artillery unit ... more 
FILE - In this file photo released Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and distributed Tuesday, Feb. 26 by the Korea News Service, a Korean People's Army artillery unit participate in a live fire drill while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, unseen, inspects the unit at an undisclosed location, in North Korea. North Korea's military, founded 81 years ago Thursday, April 25, is older than the country itself. It began as an anti-Japanese militia and is now the heart of the nation's “military first” policy. Late leader Kim Jong Il elevated the military's role during his 17-year rule, boosting troop levels to an estimated 1.2 million soldiers, according to the South Korean government. The military's new supreme commander, Kim Jong Un, gave the Korean People's Army a sharpened focus this year by instructing troops to build a “nuclear arms force.” (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS, File) less 
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