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North Korea to hold military parade ahead of Winter Olympics



Feb 8, 2018

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 Central Television is showing video archive of previous leaders, the local landscape, and propaganda films.

It is not clear what time the parade will begin.

North Korea had earlier dismissed criticism of its plans to hold the parade a day before the Olympics, saying no-one had the right to take issue.

“It is a custom and very basic common sense that any country in the world takes the founding of its military very seriously and celebrates it with extravagant events,” said the ruling Workers’ Party newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun.

 

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