North Korea holds military parade with missiles

North Korea holds military parade with missiles
The North Korean leader said there had been no cases of Covid-19 in the country. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: North Korea showcased a rare military parade night on Saturday, attended by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un.

The parade marked the 75th anniversary of the Worker’s Party.

North Korea typically uses its military parades to show off new missiles and weaponry. Intercontinental ballistic missiles were evident during Saturday morning’s event, experts say.

It is North Korea’s first parade in two years and comes just weeks ahead of the US presidential election, set to be held on 3 November.

North Korea had not featured ballistic missiles in its parades since Mr Kim and President Donald Trump held their first summit in 2018.

The parade was held before dawn on Saturday, according to South Korea’s military. It is unknown yet why the event was held so early.

No foreigners or foreign media were allowed at the event, so analysts are relying on edited state-media footage which is being released to assess the parade.

During the parade, none of those involved appeared to be wearing masks. Source: AFP

Images published in the state media showed Mr Kim wearing a grey western-style suit, receiving flowers from children.

He said in a speech that the country would continue to “strengthen” its military for “self-defence and deterrence”.

Mr Kim also said he was grateful that no North Koreans have contracted Covid-19.

He said: “I wish good health to all the people around the world who are fighting the ills of this evil virus.”

Despite claiming the North has no cases of coronavirus, Mr Kim continues to hold high-level meetings to ensure tight restrictions remain in place.

Analysts have said it is highly unlikely that North Korea has not experienced any coronavirus cases at all.

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