“North Korea is preparing for a parade for the birthdays of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il… New weapons will be introduced.”

A military parade held last year to commemorate the 8th Party Congress of the Labor Party. /Photo = Captured from the website of the Korean Central News Agency

North Korea initially prepared the military parade with the 110th anniversary of Kim Il-sung’s birthday (April 15) in mind, but it is said that it has expanded its meaning to include the 80th anniversary of Kim Jong-Il’s birthday (February 16).

For practical reasons such as economic and physical problems, it seems that the intention is to hold the military parade twice in a row in a short period of time, rather than holding the military parade in a single, meaningful way.

In a phone call with Daily NK on the 25th, an insider inside North Korea said, “The first preparations for the military parade started for the Day of the Sun (Kim Il-sung’s birthday). They said that they were preparing for a fever event.”

It is interpreted as saying that the order to prepare a military parade to commemorate Kim Jong-il’s birthday and Kim Il-sung’s birthday is not far from each other.

North Korea initially prepared a military parade to commemorate Kim Il-sung’s birthday.

This paper reported last year that North Korea had begun preparations for the largest military parade ever (38,000 people) in celebration of the 110th anniversary of Kim Il-sung’s birthday next year. (▶Go to related articles: this time 3just 8clarificationNorth Korea, sun day next year 110Stone preparations for the largest military parade)

A source at the time said that the North Korean Army’s General Staff had issued an order to the operational training department of each military and military educational institution, stating ‘recruitment of soldiers to participate in the parade commemorating the 110th anniversary of the Sun (stone) and the direction of the training project’.

Recently, however, the direction has shifted to events that include Kim Jong-il’s birthday.

A source said, “At that time (last year), we did not know what the schedule and intentions of the upper level event would be.

It is also possible that North Korea recently changed the direction of the military parade by designating February 16 to April 25 this year as the ‘the nation’s greatest celebration period’. (▶Go to related articles: The nation’s greatest celebrationsettingPredecessorbirthday anniversaryKim Jong-un takes power 10year emphasis)

North Korea is suffering from economic difficulties due to prolonged sanctions and border closures due to the novel coronavirus infection. In the midst of this, the preparations for the military parade, which have been ongoing since last year, consume a lot of resources.

The source said, “We prepared for a long-term fever, and so far, there have been a lot of people who have been shifted by unit due to sickness or accidents. .

He explained, “Due to the consecutive military parade, the quality of the rear supply is considerably lower than before. did.

Here, there is a problem that physical time is not enough to conduct two military parades in a short period of time, and the number of equipment that can be shown is limited.

For this reason, it seems that there is a consensus that North Korea will hold one military parade during the celebration period. However, it is not known exactly when the military parade will take place.

Since it was decided to hold the military parade once, it is reported that North Korea is putting considerable effort into supplying the soldiers participating in the military parade despite scarce resources.

The source said, “As a national guarantee, the Ministry of National Defense received the sweets as part of the confectionery factory’s plan and sent them down to the rear divisions of each column for military service. are doing,” he said.

He continued, “There are units that ate four meals a day during night training.” He added, “There was no case where the authorities were forced to donate residents for rear support, but there were cases where the unit itself asked military families to pay money.”

In addition, the source said that the military parade focused on ‘armed protests’ and ‘unveiling new weapons’.

A source said, “We plan to mobilize all armed forces such as land, sea, air, special warfare, strategic forces, military universities, and educational institutions. .

In this regard, North Korea fired hypersonic missiles on the 5th and 11th, ballistic missiles on the 14th and 17th, and cruise missiles on the 25th.

It raises the possibility that North Korea is in a hurry to test a missile that is at the stage of completion at the military parade. North Korea, which has declared ‘reconsideration of trust in the US’, appears to be busy moving to increase its negotiating power.


Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.

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