North Korea stages military parade ahead of Winter Olympics

Frederick Owens
February 9, 2018

Mr Moon is to have lunch on Saturday with North Korea's 22-strong delegation, which includes the titular head of state, Kim Yong-nam, and Kim Yo-jong, the powerful younger sister of leader Kim Jong-un.

But none of them were spotted in satellite imagery of rehearsals ahead of the parade, according to respected U.S. website 38 North.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence vowed tough new sanctions against North Korea and called it the world's most tyrannical regime on Wednesday, two days before he is due to attend the winter Olympics, along with two of the North's most senior officials.

Foley has shared of the praying focus of North Koreans in the past, and in 2016 told Hope 103.2 that believers there are not asking God for their own freedom, but for help for Westerners who are tempted by material wealth. In that speech, he both touted his desire for reunification with the south and warned that the nuclear button "is always on my desk".

North Korea's Olympians and cheerleaders will undoubtedly be greeted enthusiastically when they arrive by train in the South, and the crowd will roar its approval when athletes from the two countries march into the stadium under the same banner.

North Korea held a military parade in its capital today (February 8) - just as the rogue state's athletes were basking in a recpetion in neighbouring South Korea.

The parade began at 11:30 a.m. and lasted for one-and-a-half hours, about half as long as last year's event.

Kim's government said it now has the capability of launching a rocket that could strike the USA mainland.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek on Tuesday.

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Both Japan and South Korea are considered cornerstones of USA security and economic relationships in Asia.

Qassemi said the move stands in direct contradiction to the spirits of Olympics because the worldwide event calls for coming together regardless of colour, race, politics and religion.

When that occurs, look for the Kim regime to lash out, pull out of any ongoing talks, and test new missile platforms and perhaps another nuclear weapon in early April.

The United Nations' sanctions on North Korea specifically restrict imports of "luxury goods" into the country, and the Galaxy Note 8, at a base cost of nearly $1,000, may qualify.

Speaking in Tokyo on his way to South Korea, which is hosting the Games over the next three weeks, Pence said he would soon announce the stepped-up sanctions in an effort to pressure the North to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes. Melissa Hanham, a researcher at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, in Monterery, California, predicted that Kim would try to show he can produce multiple missiles and transport vehicles.

News reports said 4,000 of the latest United States dollars 1,100 Samsung smartphones were being given to athletes attending the Winter Games, but athletes from Iran and North Korea would be excluded because of sanctions against the two countries. "I am curious to see what they are toting their long-range missiles around on".

But if past year is the guide, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the big parade will be more than just a show. To that end he has invited the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died previous year after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months, to join the Olympic delegation.

At the same time, Pence has not ruled out a potential meeting with North Korean officials at the Olympics, telling reporters, "We'll see what happens".

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