North Korea were set to host their military parade where they showcase their huge weapons and thousands of soldiers march through central Pyongyang but the event did not go ahead
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Satellite images have shown North Korea was poised to hold their annual massive military parade to show off their weapons – but the event has been mysteriously delayed.
North Korea was due to hold the event to mark the anniversary of the founder of its army on Sunday night, but the parade where it showcases its military weapons has been delayed, according to Yonhap News Agency.
Satellite images showed major weapons and thousands of soldiers were due to parade through central Pyongyang but the event did not go ahead.
It’s been reported the event may have not taken place due to the poor weather, however, North Korea’s official state media did not reference the event and made no mention of a parade on Monday morning.
This raises the possibility the parade could be held on Monday night to coincide with the celebrations for the 90th anniversary of the North Korean People’s Revolutionary Army.
In the past, Kim Jong-un has held military parades at night in which they’re edited to air several hours late on state television.
This gives the chance for weapons experts to examine the military display on show to see the kind of nuclear-capable weapons on show and what they’re capable of.
Around 20,000 troops come together for a parade in Kim Il Sung Square where more than 250 pieces of military equipment are paraded on show including rockets designed to fire nuclear warheads to the US and hypersonic missile systems.
North Korea last had a military parade in September last year but experts said no new weapons were on display – in contrast to October 2020 when Kim had what experts believed was the world’s largest road-worthy intercontinental ballistic missile.
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Known as the Hwasong-17, the missile is designed to carry a multiple nuclear warhead to the US but shortly failed after a takeoff test in March, according to missile experts.
The parade comes as North Korea in recent months has launched a number of new weapons designed to evade US-operated missile shields.
US President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit South Korea and Japan in late May, according to local media reports, as South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol takes office on May 10 with a commitment to take a stronger stance with the Pyongyang.