The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, often referred to simply as North Korea, marked the 75th anniversary of founding of the Korean People’s Army on Wednesday.
The occasion was celebrated with a nighttime military parade held at the Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang, with this formidable display of military might involving a large number of intercontinental ballistic missile launchers.
North Korean head of state Kim Jong-un presided over the parade alongside his wife and daughter. This showcase of military power comes amid reports that the United States mulls deploying medium-range missiles in Japan.
The Korean People’s Army (KPA) was formally established in 1948.
Kim Jong-un attend the military parade held in Pyongyang to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army.
The date of the KPA’s founding is observed in North Korea annually on February 8.
The Korean People’s Army encompasses all branches of the North Korean military, including the land, air and naval forces, as well as the strategic missile forces and the special operations forces.
Thousands of locals watched the parade in Pyongyang.
Despite heavy economic sanctions imposed against the country, North Korea maintains a powerful military-industrial complex that supplies the KPA with domestically manufactured weaponry supplemented by Chinese- and Soviet-made armaments.
Hoards of soldiers marched through the streets.
Kim Jong-un and his daughter attend the military parade.
With a fighting force of over a million soldiers, the Korean People’s Army is regarded as one of the largest military organizations in the world.
The colorful parade created quite a spectacle at night.
Historical leaders were honored at the celebrations.
A wide assortment of ballistic missiles in the KPA arsenal, which can carry nuclear payloads, presents a serious headache for the United States and its allies in the Far East.
Special op forces were also on show.
This year’s parade included the display of various tactical and long-range missiles, according to North Korean media.
A large firework show culminated the proceedings
By Sputnik News
Republished by The 21st Century
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