North Korea prepared for a military parade to coincide with Kim Il-sung’s birthday, why didn’t it happen?

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North Korea’s six super-large multiple rocket launchers unveiled at a military parade to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Party on October 10, 2020. /Photo = Rodong Sinmun News 1

The North Korean authorities are continuously preparing for a large-scale military parade. In the midst of this, it is known that there was an expectation that the military parade would be held on April 15 (Kim Il-sung’s birthday, Day of the Sun) even within North Korea. It is understood that the North Korean leadership had been contemplating the timing of the military parade until early this month.

According to an insider inside Daily NK on the 22nd, the timing of the military parade was announced at the beginning of this month. It is explained that the military parade command was preparing for the event on April 15th until the relevant fact was notified.

Since the North Korean military authorities recruited troops to participate in June last year, it was stated that it was a military parade commemorating the Day of the Sun. passed on

In fact, in June of last year, the General Staff of the North Korean Army issued an order to the operation and training department of each unit and military educational institution that included the recruitment of personnel and the direction of the training project for the ‘Sunset 110th Anniversary Parade’. (▶Go to Related Articles: This time 38,000 people… North Korea prepares for the largest military parade next year for the 110th anniversary of the Sun)

At that time, while recruiting participants, the General Staff explained the purpose of the event as “a parade to commemorate the great leader Comrade Kim Il-sung, who is the progenitor of socialist Joseon and the sun of the nation, in the hearts of the people of the whole country, and conveys the road for a thousand generations to come.”

However, it was not clear when and for what reason the North Korean leadership changed the time of the military parade.

However, inside the North Korean Party, the event preparation committee organized by the party at the beginning of this year planned a national commemorative event that would run from the 80th anniversary of Kim Jong-il’s birthday on February 16th to the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army on April 25th, planning the time for the military parade. There were rumors that it was delayed rather than work.

The Politburo of the Party Central Committee adopted a resolution at the 6th session of the 8th Session convened on January 19th, ‘On the grand celebration of the 110th birthday of the great leader Comrade Kim Il-sung and the 80th birthday of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong-il’.

With the adoption of the decision as an opportunity, the authorities set the period from February 16 to April 25 as ‘the greatest national celebration period’, and all anniversaries during this period should focus on ’emphasis on the achievements of Chairman Kim Jong-un during the 10 years of his tenure’. gave instructions to each level.

A new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was unveiled at a military parade held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Party on October 10, 2020. The Hwasong-15 was released in the last order on 11 axles (22 wheels), which was longer than the 9-axle (18-wheel) mobile launch vehicle (TEL). /Photo = Rodong Sinmun News 1

After the military parade was postponed after April 15, there was also a belated argument within North Korea that the founding day of the People’s Revolutionary Army rather than the Day of the Sun was a memorial day that could highlight Kim’s greatest achievement, the strengthening of national defense.

The reason that it can be emphasized that ‘the leader (Kim Il-sung) organized an anti-Japanese armed force with a few long guns, but the marshal (Kim Jong-un) held on to the path of independent revolution over the past 10 years and completed the nuclear force despite difficulties’ all.

In this regard, inside North Korea, there is a message that it is constantly being emphasized that ‘this year is the time to achieve the highest point in upgrading nuclear weapons’. The North Korean authorities appear to be trying to use the present moment when the UN Security Council’s resolutions on sanctions against North Korea fail every time as the US-China and US-Russian conflict intensifies as an optimal time to upgrade its nuclear force.

On the other hand, some analysts say that the military parade may have been delayed because North Korea failed to achieve technical perfection in arranging weapons.

Yang Wook, an associate research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, said in a phone call with this paper, “Recently, North Korea has been showing a lot of haste in regards to its nuclear development. There is,” he analyzed.

From January 5 to April 16, North Korea conducted a total of 13 military provocations this year alone. The weapons used in the provocation were diverse, including semi-medium-range ballistic missile-class hypersonic missiles, short-range ballistic missiles, long-range cruise missiles, surface-to-surface tactical guided missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles, multiple rocket launchers, and new tactical guided weapons.

Rather than showing a structured development process by upgrading one weapon step by step, it seems to be aimed at hastening the introduction of several weapons. For this reason, it is also predicted that the North Korean authorities may increase the number of weapons that were shown in the past at this military parade, or that they will arrange weapons that are not technologically complete by only modifying their appearance.

Yang said, “If it is difficult to introduce a new weapon, it can come out with several hypersonic missiles or show off launching means such as a mobile launcher. Therefore, there is a possibility of showing off warheads with a focus on warheads and with maneuverable warheads (MRV, multi-warhead re-entry vehicle) or MIRV (multi-warhead individual re-entry vehicle) warheads.”

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