September 24, 2021

No new ballistic missiles shown at overnight parade in Pyongyang

North Korea marks 73rd founding anniversary with third nighttime procession in past year, but leaves out major weapons

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a “parade of paramilitary and public security forces” just after midnight featuring troops, SWAT teams and students carrying small arms and marching through central Pyongyang, but no missiles or heavy weapons were displayed.

Kim did not make a speech, but top official Ri Il Hwan defended the country’s socialist system and claimed success in the face of the pandemic, according to the party-run Rodong Sinmun. The parade was officially held to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the country’s founding on Thursday, Sept. 9.