S. Korea, US closely monitoring Pyongyang ahead of party anniversary


  • North Korea
  • Tuesday, 15 Sep 2020

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) visiting Kangbuk-ri, Kumchon county, North Hwanghae province after restoration from recent flood damage on Tuesday (Sept 15). North Korea has been preparing to hold a large-scale military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the party's founding on Oct 10. - AFP

SEOUL, Sept 15 (BERNAMA): South Korea and the United States are closely monitoring North Korea ahead of the founding anniversary of the country's ruling Workers' Party next month, officials said Tuesday.

North Korea has been preparing to hold a large-scale military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the party's founding on Oct 10, raising speculation it could use the event to showcase new strategic weapons, Yonhap News Agency reported.

"The authorities of South Korea and the United States are closely monitoring related moves in cooperation," Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesperson Col. Kim Jun-rak said during a regular press briefing, declining to elaborate further.

Defence Minister nominee Gen. Suh Wook said Monday the North has not shown signs of preparations to fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) anytime soon and chances of its launch on the occasion of the October anniversary appear low considering the time left until the event.

North Korea usually holds bigger events to celebrate national anniversaries every fifth or 10th year. - Bernama
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