North Korea ARMY promise to ‘significantly mark historic’ February 8 amid missile fears
NORTH Korea has declared it will “significantly mark” the army’s founding anniversary a day before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on February 8, amid fears of another missile test, it has been reported.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim Jong-un’s mouthpiece, said in a report that it has changed the anniversary date of the establishment of the Korean People’s Army, which previously fell on April 25.
KCNA said: “February 8 will be marked as the Army-Building Day.
“The Cabinet and other relevant organs will take practical steps to significantly mark the founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Army.”
The news agency did not detail what steps will be taken, but it has been reported the North might be preparing a large-scale military parade that will require the mobilisation of troops and other weaponry.
A South Korea officials said around 13,000 troops and 200 pieces of equipment have been mobilised and detected near an airport in Pyongyang for an apparent rehearsal for a military parade.
It comes after a summit was held in Canada to discuss escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.
In response, KCNA published a bellicose article which referenced the Korean War and claimed the North “won” it – despite the conflict never officially ending.
KCNA said: “Recently the US and its vassal forces held the Vancouver foreign ministers meeting in Canada over the security and stability of the Korean Peninsula.
“The issue of stepping up sanctions and pressure against the DPRK for its ‘denuclearisation’ was reportedly put on the table at the meeting attended by foreign ministers of 20 countries including Japan, Britain and France that participated in the past Korean War, with US Secretary of State Tillerson in the chair.
“Now the international community is pouring scorn on the farce of those countries which were defeated in the Korean War.
“The US dispatched its huge aggression forces boasting of their ‘invincibleness’ and ‘elite’ as well as its vassal forces to the Korean Peninsula in the past century but they all met the fate of forlorn wandering spirits.
“The US, which failed to bring the Korean people with rifles to their knees in the Korean War, is now trying to inveigle its vassal forces into the dangerous scenario against the DPRK which has emerged as a new strategic state. It is nothing but hysteria.”
The report also warns of a “second Korean War” and threatens “death” to the US.
It added: “Those countries that joined the United States in the Korean War have still joined it in international terrorism at its beck and call. This adds to the crimes against the Korean people.
“The aggressors and provokers who are trying to ignite a second Korean war challenging the strongest nuclear power and military power of the world will only face corpse and death.
“No matter how desperate the US gets to increase pressure upon the DPRK by mobilizing all sorts of riffraff, oblivious of the DPRK’s strategic position and trend of the times, the empire of America is doomed to destruction.”
After a year of growing tensions in the region, diplomacy focused on sport enabled the International Olympic Committee to announce that North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the Olympics provided a “precious chance to open the door” for a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue and the establishment of peace on the Korean peninsula.
But he warned: “But no one can be optimistic about how long the current mood for dialogue will last.
“We need wisdom and efforts to sustain the dialogue opportunities beyond the Olympics so that the inter-Korean talks will lead to talks between the United States and North Korea and other forms of dialogue”.