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N. Korea continues wintertime drills, no unusual moves ahead of late leader's birthday: JCS

All News 11:11 February 09, 2021

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has been conducting regular wintertime military drills without showing any unusual moves ahead of the birthday of late leader Kim Jong-il, the South Korean military said Tuesday.

North Korea celebrated the 73rd anniversary Monday of the foundation of its army and has another key national holiday coming up, which is the Feb. 16 birthday of its late leader, the father of current leader Kim Jong-un.

"North Korea's military is continuing wintertime exercises and has not shown any unusual moves," Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) spokesperson Col. Kim Jun-rak told a regular briefing.

The drills began in December and are expected to end around March.

In 2018, the North held a massive military parade showing off weapons and military hardware to mark the 70th army founding anniversary. But the country has since not held such events, as big celebrations usually take place on every fifth or 10th anniversary.

North Korean soldiers take part in a military parade at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang on Jan. 14, 2021, to celebrate the recently concluded eighth congress of the North's ruling Workers' Party, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency the next day. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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