Pyongyang's military parade should be seen as separate from PyeongChang Winter Olympics:...

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North Korea is set to hold a military parade to mark its army's Foundation Day,... on the eve of the opening day of thePyeongChang Winter Olympics.
South Korea's unification ministry said the parade should be viewed separately from the Games.
Ji Myung-kil reports.
Despite its decision to send athletes to the Winter Olympics, North Korea announced it would celebrate the founding of its military on February 8th, one day before the start of PyeongChang 2018. The North's military foundation day is generally marked with a large parade displaying weapons such as missiles and artillery.
On Friday Seoul's Unification Ministry commented on the parade.

"Our unification minister has said the North's military parade is a domestic event and is not targeted towards the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. It is reasonable to see the event as separate to the Winter Games."

The spokesperson also cited briefings by the U.S. defense department which said Pyongyang frequently holds such military parades and that Washington was not bothered by it.
He once again reiterated that the PyeongChang Winter Olympics would be an Olympics for Peace.

"All member countries within the United Nations should strive to make the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics an event to foster peace within Korea and promote peace and cooperation throughout the world."

North Korea's athletes arrived in the South on Thursday,... and the rest of the North's delegation will enter South Korea next week.
North Korea's art troupe will arrive on February 6th while cheerleaders, members of the taekwondo demonstration team and journalists are scheduled to arrive on February 7th.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.

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