North Korea celebrated the 73rd anniversary of its basis with a night-time parade within the capital, state media reported on Thursday, publishing images of marching rows of military personnel in orange hazmat fits, however no ballistic missiles.
Kim Jong Un, the chief of the reclusive state, watched from a balcony as paramilitary and public safety forces of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards, the nation’s largest civilian defence power, started marching in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung sq. at midnight (15:00 GMT) on Wednesday, the official KCNA information company stated.
Rodong Sinmun, the ruling Worker’s Party’s newspaper, printed images of individuals in orange hazmat fits with medical-grade masks in an obvious image of anti-coronavirus efforts, and troops holding rifles marching collectively.
Some standard weapons had been additionally on show, together with a number of rocket launchers and tractors carrying anti-tank missiles.
No ballistic missiles had been seen or talked about within the stories, and Kim didn’t ship a speech, not like final October when he boasted of the nation’s nuclear capabilities and showcased beforehand unseen intercontinental ballistic missiles throughout a pre-dawn military parade.
“The columns of emergency epidemic prevention and the Ministry of Public Health were full of patriotic enthusiasm to display the advantages of the socialist system all over the world, while firmly protecting the security of the country and its people from the worldwide pandemic,” KCNA stated.
North Korea has not confirmed any COVID-19 instances, however closed borders and imposed strict prevention measures quickly after the primary instances emerged in neighbouring China in early 2020, seeing the pandemic as a matter of nationwide survival.
The parade is the primary since 2013 to characteristic the 5.7 million-strong Worker-Peasant Red Guards, launched as reserve forces after the exit of Chinese forces who fought for the North within the 1950-53 Korean War.
Yang Moo-jin, a professor on the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, stated the perceived absence of strategic weapons and the concentrate on public safety forces confirmed Kim is targeted on home points similar to COVID-19 and the economic system.
“The parade seems to be strictly designed as a domestic festival aimed at promoting national unity and solidarity of the regime,” Yang stated.
“There were no nuclear weapons and Kim didn’t give a message while being there, which could be meant to keep the event low-key and leave room for manoeuvre for future talks with the United States and South Korea.”