N. Korea's military parade scaled down, reveals upgraded short range missile

북한 열병식 예년에 비해 규모 축소... 올림픽 의식했나

On the eve of the Winter Olympics opening, North Korea forged ahead with a military parade.
Through the event, the regime once again tried to present itself as a strong military power, showing off some key hardware.
But according to our defense correspondent Oh Jung-hee, it was smaller in scale and shorter than usual.
North Korea confidently showcased some of the key missiles... that led the regime to declare the completion of its nuclear weapons program earlier this year.
The solid-fuel engine missile Pukguksong-2,... intermediate-range Hwasong-12,... and intercontinental ballistic missiles Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 were on display.

"Today's military parade will show North Korea's advancement as a strong international military power."

The North also unveiled an upgraded version of its KN-02 short range missile.

"Its range is expected to be between 300 and 500 kilometers. It can't strike the U.S., but we still need to pay attention to it because it can target some of the main military facilities in Seoul or the nearby area."

But was the regime mindful of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics down in South Korea?
The parade was only half the length of the previous one in April 2017... and was not broadcast live.
The regime's leader Kim Jong-un also abstained from using provocative expressions against the United States,... making no mention of nuclear weapons.

"I think what Pyongyang is pursuing the most at this point is improving inter-Korean relations without having any talks on denuclearization. For that, the North didn't design the parade to be as hostile to South Korea or the U.S."

Experts and government sources say that such a downscaled parade is because North Korea is paying attention to the Olympics truce... especially as its athletes, cheerleaders, and a high-level delegation including Kim Jong-un's sister will be in South Korea for the Olympics, which officially starts the day after the parade.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

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