SEOUL (SOUTH KOREA) – After concluding a rare ruling party congress, North Korea seems to have staged a military parade on Thursday.
A news agency which reported the event stated that the parade, was not telecast live on the nation’s state media. It began between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. (0900-1000 GMT) and was still going on as of 8 p.m., said a source.
Military aircraft were spotted releasing fireworks in formation, said a website that monitors North Korea, citing a source who saw fireworks.
Leader Kim and other North Korean officials had packed into an indoor stadium in Pyongyang on Wednesday to watch performances from military and civilian art troupes and youth groups, mostly on themes of glorifying Kim’s leadership and reinforcing messaging from the party congress.
The congress, which ran for eight days in Pyongyang, was the first since 2016 and just the second since 1980.