October 19, 2021

Guns in one hand: Kim Jong Un’s revitalization of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards

Elite force featured in parade is akin to the National Guard, helping to repel invasion and respond to natural disasters

At last week’s military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea’s Worker-Peasant Red Guards took center stage.

Equipped with Russian firetrucks and assisted by “military reconnaissance” canines, this militia force appeared before Kim Jong Un to pledge its loyalty to the Korean revolution.