David Maxwell Comment: “As Dr. Bruce Bechtol reminded me the north has held toned down parades in the past that did not include advanced weaponry. And as noted in the article they showed us the Hwasongs in the February parade. Yes it is likely that Kim wants to continue his charm offensive and continue negotiations with the US so this should not be seen as unusual. It is likely that Kim knows exactly the response he would get by having a toned down parade.”
N. Korea’s media report on military parade, mass games
english.yonhapnews.co.kr · by 고병준 · September 10, 2018
SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) — North Korea’s media reported Monday on a military parade staged in Pyongyang, a day after the event took place to celebrate the country’s 70th founding anniversary.
“A military parade and a public procession of Pyongyang citizens for celebrating the 70th birthday of the DPRK took place with splendor in Kim Il Sung Square Sunday,” the Korean Central News Agency said in English.
DPRK is the acronym of the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“The Supreme Leader reviewed the honour guard of the KPA services after receiving a salute from its chief,” it added, referring to leader Kim Jong-un.
The event was not broadcast live with the North’s state media staying silent on the event throughout the day. Reports of foreign journalists who were invited for the anniversary were the sole source of information for the event.
According to the foreign media reports, the North did not put intercontinental ballistic missiles on display during the parade. This contrasts with a military parade in February, where the North showcased Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 ICBMs.
Kim also did not address the crowd, and instead Kim Yong-nam, the North’s nominal head of state, delivered a speech, which media reports said focused mostly on economic development.
“The 70-year-long history of the DPRK is the one of gigantic change and great victory in which it, once a backward country, has towered as a powerful socialist country with an invincible might,” the KCNA quoted Kim Yong-nam as saying.
“He called upon all the people to strive for the eternal prosperity of the country and the accomplishment of the socialist cause, firmly united around Kim Jong Un,” it added.
Experts see the North’s seemingly toned-down and low-key approach in holding Sunday’s ICBMs-absent military parade as intended not to provoke the U.S. amid expectations that nuclear talks could be back on track.
The KCNA said that leader Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, later attended a grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance staged at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang on Sunday to celebrate its 70th birthday.
The performance, better known as the Arirang mass games, was held for the first time since September 2013.
The mass games are highly choreographed shows where tens of thousands of performers stage a spectacular display of acrobatics, gymnastics, dances and flip-card mosaic animations. It is mostly aimed at extolling its leaders and the socialist system.
The performance titled “the Glorious Country” will be held until Sept. 30.
(END)english.yonhapnews.co.kr · by 고병준 · September 10, 2018
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