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Kim Jong Un of North Korea attends a parade in honor of his grandfather’s birthday

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended a massive civil parade in the capital, Pyongyang, celebrating a milestone birthday of his state’s founding grandfather in which thousands marched in a choreographed demonstration of loyalty to the Kim family, state media said on Saturday.

State media footage showed Kim waving from a balcony overlooking Kim Il Sung Square, which is named after his grandfather, as huge columns of people carrying red plastic flowers and floats with political slogans paraded below.

Politburo member of the ruling Workers’ Party, Ri Il Hwan, appealed for loyalty during a speech, saying the North Koreans “will always emerge victorious” under Kim’s leadership.

It appears that Kim did not deliver a speech at Friday’s event and state media did not mention any comments regarding the United States or South Korea.

It also appears the country has gone its biggest holiday without showcasing its military hardware, amid heightened tensions over its nuclear programme.

Commercial satellite images in recent weeks have indicated preparations for a major military parade in Pyongyang, which could take place on April 25, the anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s military and display the most advanced weaponry in the country. Kim’s nuclear arsenal, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Pyongyang is also expected to further ramp up its weapons testing in the coming weeks or months, possibly including a resumption of nuclear explosives testing or flying missile testing over Japan, as tries to force a response from the Biden administration when it is preoccupied with Russia. the invasion of Ukraine and a rivalry with China.

euronews Gt

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