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A TV screen shows a news program with an image of North Korea’s new ballistic missile. A TV screen shows a news program with an image of North Korea’s new ballistic missile, at the Seoul Railway Station, South Korea, Oct. 10, 2020 (AP photo by Lee Jin-man).

At a Huge Military Parade, North Korea’s Kim Speaks Softly and Flaunts a Big Missile

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

A massive military parade in North Korea last weekend was arguably the most hotly anticipated event in the country this year, but its organizers still managed to take viewers and analysts by surprise. In a departure from previous daytime processions, the parade was conducted in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 10, while most of the country slept, with an edited version broadcast on state TV in the evening.

In typically dramatic fashion, North Korea’s young dictator, Kim Jong Un, kicked things off with an emotional 25-minute speech, as onlookers cheered and wept. The meticulously choreographed affair then featured fireworks, a flyover by fighter jets and goose-stepping soldiers marching in formation through a brightly lit Kim Il Sung Square, in central Pyongyang. ...

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