North Korea’s Oct. 10 military parade will be more pomp than provocation
Pyongyang's "October surprise" may instead come early next year to test the winner of the 2020 U.S. election
North Korea’s notorious Oct. 10 military parade is quickly approaching. And it really matters.
Beyond the birthdays of the nation’s late leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and alongside the September founding of the state, Oct. 10 is the preeminent political anniversary, and its military parades have emerged in recent years as a vehicle for calculated messaging to the international audience.
The prominence of the anniversary is perfectly rational: The Workers’ Party of Korea is portrayed as the country’s unifying political body. It implements the will of the leader and (in theory
- 01North Korea made a big political change by demoting its state security minister
- 02China put itself in the spotlight with its flurry of new Korean War propaganda
- 03How the UN Panel of Experts on the DPRK compares to other investigative panels
- 04Kim Jong Un’s teary-eyed speech shows North Korea is in a dire situation
- 05North Korea’s new foreign minister may switch tactics after the US elections
- 06No mandate: Will the UN Panel of Experts disappear in the future?
- 07How Chinese netizens and state media reacted to North Korea’s giant new ICBM
- 08What the World Food Programme doesn’t know about North Korean agriculture