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​North Korea shows its SOF hand

19th April 2017 - 13:41 GMT | by Andrew White in London

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The international special operations community has reacted to North Korea's very public 'show of force' of its Unit 525 special operations forces (SOF) during an exercise and military parade throughout April.

The displays by North Korea's Korean People's Army (KPA) came in the face of military exercises conducted by Republic of Korea (RoK) SOF elements with US counterparts during March which included Exercise Foal Eagle.

Reinforcing KPA threats to counter so-called 'pre-emptive special operations' from the US and RoK, the battalion-sized Unit 525 is understood to have provided personnel for the military parade conducted on 14 April.

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