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North Korea holds military parade on eve of Olympics

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/08/18, 11:57 am

North Korea on Thursday held a military parade showcasing its military strength a day before the Winter Olympics begin in South Korea. The parade marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s military. Thousands of troops marched in the capital city of Pyongyang as the military displayed tanks and rocket-launcher vehicles equipped with intercontinental ballistic missiles. “As long as imperialism remains on the Earth and as long as the United States’ hostile policy on North Korea continues, the mission of our military, which is to protect our country and secure peace, can never change,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a speech. The parade served as a reminder of Kim’s ongoing dependance on military aggression, despite improving relations between the North and South ahead of the Olympic Games. North Korea has sent hundreds of delegates to attend the games, including officials, athletes, and a 230-member cheering squad. South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to meet with senior North Korean officials, including Kim’s sister, who will arrive in the South on Friday. Kim Yo Jong will be the first member of the North’s ruling party to visit South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953. On Thursday, Moon welcomed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to the country ahead of the games. Moon said he hopes the Blue House, his official residence, will become “a venue that leads to dialogue for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/08/2018 03:15 pm

    I’m thinking, if North Korea regularly makes this kind of show, that may be the best reason for the US not to do it. Re: President Trump’s call for a military parade. 

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    Deb O
    Posted: Fri, 02/09/2018 10:02 am

    Unfortunately with this president, the fact that North Korea just held a parade may be an impetus. Can't we all hear him say, my rockets are bigger than yours??