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Posted on 01/23/2018 5:18:19 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
NK may hold large military parade a day before Olympics
By Yeo Jun-suk
Published : Jan 23, 2018 - 15:56 Updated : Jan 23, 2018 - 18:31
One day before the opening of the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea on Feb. 9, a large military parade is likely to be held in Pyongyang, as the communist state has decided to celebrate the founding day of its armed forces on Feb. 8.
The Political Bureau of the ruling Workers Party of Koreas Central Committee announced Monday the decision to mark Feb. 8 as the founding anniversary of the Korean Peoples Army, according to the state media outlet Korean Central News Agency.
Feb. 8 is a historic day when the Korean Peoples Revolutionary Army developed into the regular revolutionary armed forces to declare the birth of the KPA, the KCNA said. Feb. 8 will be marked as the Army-Building Day.
North Koreas founder Kim Il-sung -- the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un -- created the Korean Peoples Army on Feb. 8. The North had marked Feb. 8 as the armys founding day until the late 1970s, before changing it to April 25, the date when Kim Il-sung allegedly organized anti-Japan guerilla forces in 1932.
The KCNA said diverse events are scheduled to glorify the Norths founding father and practical steps are underway to mark the occasion, with growing signs that North Korea has stepped up its efforts to hold a military parade in time for the event.
An anonymous government source told Yonhap News Agency on Tuesday that signs of a military parade and air show have been identified at Mirim airfield in Pyongyang, where North Korea has conducted trainings for military parades.
About 13,000 troops and 200 military equipment appear to have been mobilized, we have identified indications of a military parade. said the source. The number of troops and equipment have increased compared to earlier last month.
Last Thursday, North Korea analysis website NK News published satellite images believed to show preparations underway in Mirim Parade Training Ground. Among them were images of blocks of soldiers, a military band and possible nonmilitary personnel forming formations.
A temporary motor pool for storing vehicles and equipment was spotted as well, but no clear evidence of large numbers of very heavy vehicles designed to carry intercontinental ballistic missiles, which were present in previous military parades, the website said.
During the latest military parade on April 15 last year, North Korea showcased what analysts called frankenmissiles, which appeared to bear the characteristics of both the North Korean ICBM-class KN-08 and KN-14 missiles.
South Koreas Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesperson Col. Roh Jae-chun said there were no precedents where North Korea held massive military parades on Feb. 8, adding the military would continue to monitor activities in the North.
Kim Dong-yup, a professor at Kyungnam Universitys Far East Institute, said North Korea is likely to hold a military parade on Feb. 8, the first of such event since the North declared completion of a nuclear power with its launch of Hwasong-15 ICBM on Nov. 29.
As North Korea announced it would hold various events to mark the armys foundation day, I think there will be a military parade. It will be worthwhile to watch what it would bring -- something new -- to the event. Kim said.
any marching ladies planned to take part?
I'll take the Pyongyang Traffic Girls over the Marching Ladies any day!
This is a show for the locals - look what we have, be proud of your leader! This is not meant to intimidate others.
More here - gads what a grim place....
I think the thing I am most looking forward to, if things ever look like they’re going hot on the Korean Peninsula, is the funny flash videos that will come out. Remember “Time to Bomb Saddam”, “Daylight come and we droppa de bomb” for Iraq, and “Turn over Bin Laden”?
Lieutenant Dixon 11 months ago
if one of those guys with a rpg trips it's all over.
Like most communist dictatorships, the NorKs likely have a separate collection of units specifically for parade use. The troops and equipment are optimized for looking good, and are generally useless in actual combat. Sure, they’ll have a few examples of their most recent weapons developments mixed in, but the bulk of their actual forces will still be out in the field. The parade wouldn’t make more than the smallest impact on their combat readiness.
A target rich environment!
The pressure is on Kim Jong-un ... if he’s not a fool he’ll deal. If he is a fool he’ll be a dead fool soon.
It’s Yoon Bo-mi from Apink.