Secluded North Korea has marked its 73rd founding anniversary with a midnight military parade, according to state media and South Korean officials, but without the address of its leader Kim Jong-un and absent the showcase of strategic weapons.
South Korea and others have kept a close eye on the parade, which started at midnight Thursday at Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung Square. This, as the North is anticipated to display its one-of-a-kind war materials and systems, as well as the leader Kim could release a statement regarding the ties of the two Koreas or nuclear matters with the United States.
Contrary to the expected Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) display, the parade has only showcased tractors, military search dogs and fire engines.
Kim has also not delivered any speech.
“North Korea does not appear to have presented strategic weapons this time. I think the parade was mainly for domestic audiences, rather than to convey messages to the U.S. or South Korea,” according to a military official in Seoul.
He said that the parade was smaller as compared to that in January and in October last year.
The official noted that the parade was participated by limited people and equipment and ran for about an hour.
“The military parade of civilian and security armed forces was held at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 73rd anniversary of the republic’s founding,” the KCNA said. “As the welcoming music was performed at midnight on Thursday, comrade Kim jong-un walked up to a podium.”
The Party secretary has spoken instead of Kim.
“The government of the republic will firmly defend the dignity and the fundamental interests of our people and solve everything our own way with our own efforts on the principle of self-reliance and self-development under any circumstances,” he mentioned, as quoted by KCNA.