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N Korea/ParadeBack
[Published: Thursday February 08 2018]

North Korea military parade ahead of Olympics
Pyongyang 8 Feb (ANA) - North Korea appears to have held a low-key military parade, a day ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in the South, South Korean media say.

The North often boasts of its parades but reports of this one appeared to surface after it had taken place. This event is usually held in April and moving it had been seen as a setback to the warming of ties over the Olympics.

But the South announced on Thursday its president would meet the North's Olympics delegation on Saturday.  Moon Jae-in will have lunch with the 22-strong team, which will include the North's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, and Kim Yo-jong, the influential sister of leader Kim Jong-un.

The timing of the parade had drawn criticism from the US as it is the first time in 40 years the annual event has been held in February. Early on Thursday state television began showing patriotic films in what appeared to be a prelude to a live broadcast of the parade.

But reports later surfaced that it had already occurred. "It seems that North Korea opened the parade at 10:30 (Seoul time)," anonymous government sources told South Korea's Yonhap news agency.(ANA)
FA/ANA/8 February 2018-------


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