North Korea Stages Military Parade Amid Worst Food Crisis In Decade

North Korea Stages Military Parade Amid Worst Food Crisis In Decade

Andrew H. Sweet

The military parade, believed to generate national unity while avoiding a provocative tone, was North Korea's first since January this year when the country held the first congress of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in nearly five years.

However, the two-hour footage did not show ballistic missiles such as one that could target the U.S. mainland. Kim did not make a speech at the parade.

At a military parade in October 2020, North Korea showed off its cutting-edge intercontinental ballistic missile on the 75th anniversary of the ruling party's founding while unveiling a submarine-launched ballistic missile in January 2021.

Thousands of participants in Thursday's parade were confirmed not to have worn protective face masks. North Korea claims the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19 has not made inroads into the nation.

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