North Korea to stage military parade and mass games

North Korea is preparing to stage a military parade this weekend along with its first mass games in five years to mark its 70th anniversary.

The parade will be closely watched for clues about North Korea’s weapons arsenal and professed commitment to denuclearisation.

A large display of ballistic missiles would be widely seen as provocative.

The Arirang Mass Games, meanwhile, are an elaborate propaganda spectacle with enormous co-ordinated displays.

Image caption Which way is Pyongyang marching?

Relations between North Korea and the US have been under strain since the landmark June meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

The two men signed a vague agreement to work towards denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula – this sounded well-meaning but sceptics were quick to point out it did not include a timeline, details or mechanisms to verify the process.

High level talks and visits have continued and there have been some gestures from the North like sending back the remains of some of the US troops killed during the Korean War in the 1950s.

But the most recent scheduled trip by FUS Secretary of State…

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