September 24, 2021

North Korea’s military parade targeted domestic audience: experts

Despite saber-rattling around US-ROK joint drill, regime focused on internal solidarity amid food crisis and COVID-19

North Korea hosted another military parade this week but did not reveal missiles or other new weapons tech — a departure from most recent processions.

Instead, “paramilitary and public security forces,” some even riding horses, motorcycle sidecars or firetrucks, filled Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square past midnight on Sept. 9. The composition of the parade, experts told NK News, suggests a parade geared heavily toward a domestic audience.