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S. Korea, U.S. closely monitoring N.K. ahead of Oct. party anniversary: JCS

Defense 11:17 September 15, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United States are closely monitoring North Korea ahead of the founding anniversary of its country's ruling Workers' Party next month, officials said Tuesday.

North Korea has been preparing to hold a large-scale military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the party's founding on Oct. 10, raising speculation it could use the event to showcase new strategic weapons.

"The authorities of South Korea and the United States are closely monitoring related moves in cooperation," Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesperson Col. Kim Jun-rak said during a regular press briefing, declining to elaborate further.

Defense Minister nominee Gen. Suh Wook said Monday the North has not shown signs of preparations to fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) anytime soon and chances of its launch on the occasion of the October anniversary appear low considering the time left until the event.

North Korea usually holds bigger events to celebrate national anniversaries every fifth or 10th year.

In this file photo, taken Oct. 10, 2019, and released by the Korean Central News Agency the next day, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) watches a performance celebrating the 74th founding anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)


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