North Korea claims its armed forces as an ‘invincible force’. The statement was made in the midst of preparations for a large-scale military parade.
North Korea is preparing to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army (KPRA) on Monday (25/4). The celebration will be enlivened by a military parade.
North Korea’s Central News Agency reported that the event will mark the history of North Korea’s military achievements, from North Korea’s battle against the United States in the 1950-53 Korean War to small-scale conflicts.
“Everyone in this country looks back deeply at the history of the 100 victories of our revolutionary armed forces,” North Korea’s Central News Agency said.
The report added that Kim Jong-un had advanced North Korea’s military might with his “genius military ideology, extraordinary military command, and unparalleled courage and guts”.
“Our revolutionary armed forces have acquired an invincible power that the world cannot ignore,” he added, referring to North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.
North Korea was previously believed to be showing its military might at an event marking the 110th anniversary of the birth of the country’s late founder, Kim Il-sung on Friday (15/4). In fact the event at that time was only celebrated with a civil parade.
But in recent days, satellite images have shown preparations for a massive military parade involving thousands of North Korean soldiers and a number of military vehicles at a parade training ground in Pyongyang.
“Typically, troops leave the training ground as soon as the parade is over, so their presence further indicates an upcoming event,” said Martyn Williams. AFP.
Meanwhile, officials and analysts in both the US and South Korea have also been wary of the possibility that Pyongyang may resume testing nuclear weapons for the first time since 2017.