Published: Fri, February 09, 2018

Images from military parade show rare glimpse of North Korean nuclear arsenal

Images from military parade show rare glimpse of North Korean nuclear arsenal

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during the opening ceremony of the 132nd International Olympic Committee session ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, February 5, 2018.

This event is usually held in April and moving it had been seen as a setback to the warming of ties over the Olympics.

9 of 9 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in black, attends a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, on February 8, 2018.

Both Kim Yong-Nam, the North's ceremonial head of state, who is leading its delegation, and Mr Pence are due to attend the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang tomorrow, which could put them in the same room at a leaders' reception beforehand.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon earlier said that the North may hold a "threatening" military parade on the anniversary by mobilizing sizable numbers of military personnel and nearly all of its weapons. A North Korean Foreign Ministry official seemed to rule out a potential meeting with US officials in the North's state-run media on Thursday, but Pence suggested to reporters that it was still a possibility.

Analysts say the North is looking to portray itself as a normal country with its participation in the games and could be trying to weaken the sanctions regime against it or drive a wedge between the South and its protecting ally the US.

On the eve of the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, North Korea staged a giant military parade in its capital. "The U.S. intends to make North Korea pay for what it did". The North defends its weapons programmes as necessary to counter USA aggression.

Kim Yo Jong as a girl: this is the earliest photo we have of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, taken while she was at school in Switzerland.

The presidential trip would be the first of its kind since President Roh Moo-hyun met with Kim Jong-il for the inter-Korean summit in 2007. He did not mention the United States, which North Korea considers its main enemy and regularly threatens to destroy in a sea of flames.

Trump has ordered Pentagon and White House officials to begin planning a military parade in Washington similar to the Bastille Day parade he saw in Paris in July, the Washington Post said.

Additionally, North Korea held a stand-offish military parade in the capital Pyongyang Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Korean Peoples' Army (KPA)-complete with intercontinental ballistic missiles, tanks, and goose-stepping troops-which Kim Jong Un said signaled the North's emergence as a "global military power" in spite of the "worst sanctions".

North Korea's last parade in April marked the 105th birthday of the late state founder, Kim Il-sung.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also attend the ceremony, adding to seating complications for the hosts.

The Security Council sanctioned Choe on June 2 past year when he was vice director of the Workers' Party of the Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department, which controls ideological messaging through the media, arts and culture.

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