Pyongyang launched a large-scale military exercise on the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People’s Army as a show of force to Washington just a few hours after the U.S. Senate convened for an emergency discussion regarding North Korea. “There’s no limit to our offensive power,” North Korea’s army said in a statement.

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North Korea is marking the country’s 85th Army Day today (Tuesday) by conducting an extensive military exercise that includes live fire, according to several news agencies including South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. Meanwhile, the American guided-missile submarine USS Michigan docked at the South Korean city of Busan. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate convened for an emergency meeting regarding the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

A South Korean government official said that “there are indications that this is a large-scale exercise” in the area of Wonsan. The official added that it is possible that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is supervising the drill. The South Korean government stated: “Our army is closely monitoring the movements of the North Korean military and remains prepared.”

North Korea released a statement, saying that its army is prepared “to put an end to the U.S. nuclear blackmail.” The official statement released by the Korean People’s Army read: “There’s no limit to our offensive power and the precision of our advanced army, which includes submarines that can launch nuclear missiles.”

The American guided-missile submarine is one of the four U.S. Navy submarines loaded with Tomahawk cruise missiles, part of Washington’s nuclear deterrent strategy. U.S. officials said that the submarine’s arrival is a show of force to North Korea.