Monday, October 12, 2015

Historic North Korean Parade Shows Kim Jong Un's Military Might

North Korea — The secretive nation staged the biggest, boisterous military parade in its history, with up to a million people marching past the country's leader, who warned the United States that he was "driving it into a corner." Dictator Kim Jong Un pledged during Saturday's lavish exhibition to continue strengthening his military, which includes a nuclear weapons arm, claiming international sanctions aren't working and that the U.S. is caught in a dilemma trying to deal with his country. The military parade did not appear to display any new weapons, including the unmanned aerial drones many analysts expected to see. Kim Jong Un was joined on the reviewing platform by a senior Chinese Communist Party official, said to be No. 5 in the power structure, who held the North Korean leader's hand aloft — a sign of Chinese approval of his current policies. The North Koreans held back from launching a long-range missile to coincide with the parade. A North Korean official said between 750,000 and 1 million people took part in the day's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country's ruling Communist Party. After the daytime military parade, there was a torch light display by hundreds of thousands of civilians in the center of the capital city, Pyongyang, that ended with fireworks and waves from the North Korean leader.

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