Over in North Korea, October 10th is the anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party.
The regime has reportedly, already held a military parade to celebrate the occasion on Saturday morning.
Kim Dami fills us in.
In a rare move, Pyeongyang reportedly staged a military parade early on Saturday morning to mark the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party.
According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, a massive military parade, along with large-scale equipment and personnel, took place in the Kim Il-sung Square in Pyeongyang at dawn.
South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities are analyzing the movements…including the possibility that it could be the actual event, not a rehearsal.
The North tends to celebrate every fifth or tenth anniversary with larger-scale events like missile launches and troop parades.
So it was widely expected that the communist regime would showcase new strategic weapons such as an intercontinental ballistic missile or a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
It’s also not immediately known if leader Kim Jong-un attended the event and what kinds of weapons were revealed.
If the parade did take place, it’s a rare move for the regime to carry out such an event early in the morning.
Significant military parades usually took place at around 10 AM in the past.
Watchers note that the timing may have come after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s order to make the event “special and unique.”
Pyeongyang might have tried to make the occasion look like a festival rather than a show of force in consideration of relations with the U.S., especially ahead of the U.S. November election.
Other analysts add that it may be a strategic move by the North so that Seoul and Washington find it difficult to detect new weapons in the dark.
The COVID-19 pandemic might have played a role in the North’s decision this time as a nighttime event might have helped it mobilize fewer people, therefore minimizing virus spread.
Initially, there was a possibility that its state-run news agency could air the parade live, but some sources note that it could instead record the parade and air it Sunday.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
2020-10-10, 18:00 (KST)