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70 Years of North Korea: First Military Parade Without Ballistic Missiles (But With Gerard Depardieu)

Pyongyang is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 9th September with an impressive military parade that did not include the famous Hwasong-14 and 15 missiles.

On 9 September, North Korea is holding an impressive military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its founding in a context of relative thaw in its diplomatic relations with the West . On the spot, the French comedian Gérard Depardieu was seen by several journalists.

After a salvo of 21 guns, dozens of infantry units marched Kim Il-sung, some equipped with night vision goggles or RPG grenade launcher, under the gaze of Kim Jung-a, small- son of the founder of North Korea and third of the reigning dynasty. Li Zhanshu, one of seven members of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party politburo, was sitting by his side in the gallery.

Armored personnel carriers, multiple rocket launchers and tanks followed, flown over by biplanes forming the number 70. Hunters expelling red, white and blue smoke, colors of the North Korean flag, passed over the Juche Tower, a monument to the glory of Kim Il-sung’s political philosophy.

Then came the missiles, the traditional culmination point of the parades. But only short-range missiles, the Kumsong-3, an anti-ship cruise missile and the Pongae-5, a ground-to-air missile, were shown. There was no sign of the Hwasong-14s and 15s, missiles capable of reaching the continental United States and which changed the strategic situation when they were tested last year.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was proclaimed on September 9, 1948, three years after the division of the peninsula by Washington and Moscow in the last days of the Second World War.

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