ILLUSTRATION. North Korea will showcase its newly developed strategic weapons, such as the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Source: Yonhap, Yonhap | Editor: Khomarul Hidayat
KONTAN.CO.ID – SEOUL. North Korea will hold a massive military parade on Saturday this week. It is possible that North Korea will showcase its newly developed strategic weapons, such as the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
This military parade was held by North Korea in an effort to strengthen internal unity amid economic difficulties.
Other new weapons that North Korea will showcase are the transporter erector launcher vehicle and the submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The parade is expected to take place Saturday this week to mark the 75th anniversary of the Labor Party in power.
“North Korea is expected to hold a large-scale military parade and other events to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the party this week in an effort to consolidate unity and be close behind the party,” the South Korean Unification Ministry was quoted as saying. Yonhap.
“It is possible that North Korea will unveil new strategic weapons, such as new intercontinental ballistic missiles or submarine-launched ballistic missiles, to attract attention at a time of sluggish economic progress,” the ministry added.
North Korea tends to mark every fifth or 10th anniversary with a larger-scale event, such as military provocations, including missile launches, or parades of troops, newly developed strategic weapons, and other military hardware.
This year attracted attention, when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his New Year’s message that he would soon show off a new strategic weapon in an expression of frustration over little progress in denuclearization negotiations with the United States.
Inter-Korean relations are also at a standoff, and relations have deteriorated recently after North Korea blew up a liaison office in the border town of Kaesong. North Korea also promised to cut all cross-border lines of communication in June out of anger over anti-Pyongyang leaflets sent from the South.
Source: Yonhap, Yonhap
Editor: Khomarul Hidayat