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North Korea held a military parade after dark to mark the anniversary of the armed forces

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A military parade took place in the capital of North Korea in the evening, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. The four previous parades in Pyongyang also took place after dark, and the state press reported them only the next day.

As observers expected, a military parade was held in Pyongyang on Wednesday evening to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s armed forces, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing an anonymous source.

The parade was also reported by the Reuters agency, reminding that preparations for it had been visible on commercial satellite photos for several months.

North Korea held a military parade after dark to mark the anniversary of the armed forcesJEON HEON-KYUN/PAP/EPA

North Korea’s state media did not report the parade on Wednesday. The four previous parades in Pyongyang also took place after dark, and the state press reported them only the next day.

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North Korea has used military parades in the past to showcase new weapons, such as ballistic missiles developed to carry nuclear warheads.

Kim praised the “absolute strength” and “irresistible power” of the country

Since taking power in North Korea in late 2011 Kim Jong Un, 13 military parades have already been held in the country. The previous one took place in April 2022 – reminds Yonhap.

In a speech to officers on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Kim praised “absolute strength” and “irresistible power” of the country. He assessed that the North Korean army “may be able to fulfill the order of the times and history as the strongest army in the world,” the state news agency KCNA reported earlier on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the agency reported that the army’s top governing body plans to “expand and intensify” military exercises to “more rigorously improve war preparedness.” Earlier, Pyongyang threatened the “strongest reaction” after announcing an increase in the scale of joint military exercises USA and South Korea.

Main photo source: JEON HEON-KYUN/PAP/EPA



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