Today’s military parade, which was not broadcast live by the North Korean state media, began between 18:00 and 19:00 local time (10:00 and 11:00 CET) and was still running at 20:00, the South Korean agency Jonhap wrote.
Military parades in North Korea, facing international sanctions for their nuclear and missile programs, are being closely monitored by observers for the possible introduction of new military technologies.
Server NK New, which is monitoring developments in the DPRK, said that military aircraft formations had flown over Pyongyang today and set off fireworks. Before the party’s congress, commercial satellites caught North Korean soldiers rehearsing for the parade, and according to NK News sources, the movement of heavy vehicles was heard in Pyongyang on Sunday.
On Tuesday, Kim Jo-chong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, criticized the South Korean military for claiming it had caught signs of the show on Sunday. She called South Korean officials “idiots.”
Kim Jo-chong warned that North Korea is not conducting any military exercises aimed at a specific enemy or firing missiles, and that there is no reason for the South Korean capital to “stretch their necks and try to see what is happening” due to a military parade held in the North Korean capital. going on in the north “.
The Korean Labor Party’s eight-day convention, which began on January 6, was the first since 2016, before which the convention was held in the 1980s. The event was expected to culminate in a military parade in Pyongyang.
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