World North Korea military parade ahead of Winter Olympics

10:21  08 february  2018
10:21  08 february  2018 Source:   bbc.com

North Korea defends military parade before Olympics

  North Korea defends military parade before Olympics North Korea on Saturday defended its plan to stage a military parade the day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South. Pyongyang plans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military on February 8.The annual parade was held on April 25 for years, but the government announced last month that starting this year, it would take place on February 8."Nobody has the right to take issue" with the event, said Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.

North Korea has held a military parade attended by leader Kim Jong-un, a day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South.

North Korea is set to hold its 70th anniversary military parade , a day ahead of the Winter Olympics in South Korea . The annual parade , marking the founding of its army, is usually held in April but was moved to 8 February this year. Ahead of the parade

Korean People's howitzers being displayed through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang: Military parades in previous years have involved the show of armoured vehicles© Getty Images Military parades in previous years have involved the show of armoured vehicles

North Korea appears to have held a low-key military parade, a day ahead of the Winter Olympics, South Korean media said.

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The annual event is usually held in April, but Pyongyang hit back at US criticism of its decision to bring it forward.

State TV began showing patriotic films in what appeared to be a prelude to a live broadcast.

But reports later surfaced that it had already taken place.

"It seems that North Korea opened the parade at 10:30 a.m. (Seoul time)," anonymous government sources told South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Seoul: North Korea cancels pre-Olympic joint cultural event

  Seoul: North Korea cancels pre-Olympic joint cultural event South Korea on Tuesday expressed regret over North Korea's cancellation of one of the joint cooperation projects planned for next month's Winter Olympics, a development highlighting the delicate nature of ties between the rivals split for seven decades. In a message sent over a cross-border communication channel, South Korea demanded the North to fulfill mutual agreements over a set of conciliatory gestures to mark the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.North Korea on Monday night sent a message saying it won't hold a joint cultural event at the North's Diamond Mountain on Feb.

North Korea appears to have held a low-key military parade , a day ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South, South Korean media say. The North often boasts of its parades but reports of this one appeared to surface after it had taken place.

North Korea has held a military parade attended by leader Kim Jong-un, a day before the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South.

On Thursday, North Korea said it has no intention of meeting US officials during the Games, according to the North's official KCNA news agency.

South Korean government officials had said last month that some 13,000 troops and 200 pieces of equipment had been spotted near an airport in Pyongyang in what appeared to be a rehearsal for the parade.

Experts say North Korea was expected to showcase its long-range missiles.

Olympic dynamics

This year's celebration will mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People's Army, which was established on 8 February 1948.

Pyongyang previously held its main military celebration on 25 April.

The military parade comes just one day before the start of the Winter Olympic Games, which will run from 9 to 25 February in the alpine town of Pyeongchang in South Korea.

US won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

  US won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday. Washington has previously said it won't seek to initiate contact with North Koreans attending the South Korean games, but it does want talks with Kim Jong-Un in an effort to get him to abandon his nuclear program.Asked during a visit to Peru whether Pence might accept an invitation to meet the North Korea delegation, Tillerson – who is pushing for a diplomatic solution to the crisis – would not rule it out.

North Korea ’s military take part in a parade in Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang. The parade was held just one day before South Korea hosts the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics .

North Korea has staged a huge military parade less than 24 hours ahead of the opening of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics . The extravaganza celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea .

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to attend the Games, which will see both Koreas march under one flag at the opening ceremony.

US Vice-President Mike Pence will also be attending the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang on Friday, saying he wanted to "make sure North Korea doesn't use the powerful symbolism in the backdrop of the [Games] to paper over the truth about their regime".

The main organiser of the Pyeongchang Olympics has said that the parade will not affect the "dynamics" of the Olympic Games.

Lee Hee-beom added that all 193 UN member states, including North Korea, have supported the UN Olympic Truce Resolution for the Winter Games.

Under the truce, which begins seven days before the opening of the Winter Games and runs until the seventh day after the closing of the Winter Paralympics, all UN member states are urged to stop all hostilities.


Mattis: North Korea isn't driving a wedge between US and South Korea .
Defense Secretary James Mattis on Sunday quashed concerns that a recent rapprochement between North and South Korea was driving a wedge between the U.S. and its ally Seoul. "I know that people are watching for a wedge between South Korea, Republic of Korea, in other words, and the United States. There's no wedge there," Mattis told reporters aboard a plane flying into Rome.

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