N. Korea's military parade on Feb. 8 could be "intimidating": S. Korea's unification minister

통일부 장관 "2월 8일 열병식, 상당히 위협적일 수 있어"

North Korea's thoroughly preparing for an official military anniversary parade... to be held on the eve of the winter games.
That's according to Seoul's unification minister who stressed inter-Korean dialogue before the Olympics is over will set the foundation for Washington-Pyongyang talks.
Oh Jung-hee shares with us his remarks.

On the eve of South Korea's long-anticipated PyeongChang Winter Olympics,... North Korea could hold a (quote)"intimidating" military parade.
That's what Seoul's unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon said at a security-related forum on Friday.
He said North Korea is very thoroughly preparing for its military foundation day -- slated for February 8th -- at Mirim Airfield near Pyongyang.
He said there's a high possibility this could be a threatening parade... involving a large number of troops and weapons.
Cho said... Pyongyang celebrates the 70th anniversary of the regime's establishment this year... and therefore, the leader Kim Jong-un could seek to solidify his leadership through the parade.

The minister noted that the South Korean government is aware... that once South Korea and the U.S. kick off their joint military drills,... the current situation could change, very quickly, to another vicious cycle of provocations and sanctions like over past two years.
And that's why it's key to have the current thaw in inter-Korean relations lead to a dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang... before the Olympics wraps up in March.

But Seoul and Washington are firm that the joint drills are only postponed, not halted.

(Korean) Jan. 25, 2018
"South Korea-U.S. joint military drills are to be held as normal after the Paralympics are over."

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff director, Kenneth McKenzie, also told reporters... that Seoul and Washington will avoid conflict during the Olympics... but will hold drills immediately after the completion of the Games.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

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