Military parade preparations under way in Pyongyang

Courtesy of Airbus Defense & Space / U.S.-Korea Institute / Jiji Press

A satellite image shows a parade training facility set up at Mirim Airport in Pyongyang on Jan. 10.

Jiji PressWASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — Recent satellite imagery suggests North Korea is making preparations for a military parade in Pyongyang, a U.S. think tank said Wednesday.

The images of Mirim Airport in the North Korean capital indicate numerous people, vehicles and equipment assembled at a military parade training facility there, according to the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

On Monday, North Korea newly designated Feb. 8 as the foundation day of its Korean People’s Army and said various celebration events will be held on that day.

Media reports have said that the country is expected to hold a military parade on Feb. 8 this year, the day before the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

A satellite image taken early this month shows troops marching in formation and vehicles assembled at the airport’s Mirim Parade Training Facility, which looked vacant in an image taken last November, the institute said. Shelters for heavy equipment have been erected, it added.

Military parades in North Korea are known as occasions for the country to show off its weapons, including ballistic missiles, as well as troops marching in complicated formations.

The institute said preparations for North Korean military parades have followed “a consistent pattern” over the past 15 years, with active training being conducted over two to four months before the parades.Speech

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