North Korea held, this Thursday, a military parade for the 73rd anniversary of its founding, a more discreet event compared to other occasions.
The parade, held at dawn from Wednesday to Thursday, took place when the country is face the worst economic crisis the last 25 years because of the covid-19 pandemic.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over the parade, although during the event he did not deliver a speech, state media reported.
The speaker was Ri Il-hwan, a member of the Workers’ Party central committee, who insisted that the country will invest in increasing your army even “turning the whole country into a fortress”.
As he did at the 75th anniversary parade of the country’s only party last October, Kim opted for a light suit and tie over Mao-style clothes. [Tsé-Tung, ex-líder comunista chinês].
But that was one of the few similarities with last fall’s event, at which the regime debuted its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) designed to date. This time, no missiles were shown or messages sent to their opponents, but there were those who noticed the strange presence of people parading with orange protective suits and gas masks, tells RTP.
“Emergency epidemic prevention teams and the Ministry of Public Health expressed a patriotic enthusiasm to showcase the advantages of the socialist system across the world, while protecting the security of the country and its people against the global pandemic,” the agency reported. Korea News Center (KCNA).
Flanked by the other four strong members of the North Korean single party [incluindo o militar Pak Jong-chon, nomeado esta semana membro do núcleo duro do partido], Kim watched troops parade through Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang and waved at the thousands of people in attendance.
North Korea currently has proposals for dialogue on the table – to which they seem to have not responded so far – from South Korea and the United States, which proposed to the North Korean regime to meet to try to resume negotiations for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, which have been stagnant since 2019. However, little is known about the current regime’s disposition on the issue.
On the economic crisis, Kim Jong-un acknowledged to his citizens that the country is going through difficult times and must face a new “hard march”, a term used by the regime in the terrible famine of the 1990s.
In declarations to the newspaper The GuardianYang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, considered that the absence of strategic weapons in this parade showed that the North Korean leader is more focused on internal issues.
“The parade seems to have been strictly planned as a national festival with the aim of promote national unity and regime solidarity. There were no nuclear weapons and Kim did not deliver a message while he was there, which may have been done to keep the event low-key and leave room for maneuver for future negotiations with the United States and South Korea,” he said.