North Korea is reportedly planning an “intimidating” show of force meant to “scare the hell out of Americans.”
The North is expected to hold a massive military parade the day before the Winter Olympics begin in South Korea. The rogue regime not only recently rewrote its history, moving the founding of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) from April 25 to Feb. 5, but troop and weapons movements indicate that something big is coming down the pipe. The anticipated display of the North’s growing military might “is likely to be a quite intimidating event involving a significantly large number of soldiers and nearly all the weapons at North Korea’s disposal,” South Korean Minister of Unification Cho Myung-gyon said recently.
The highly-anticipated event will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean military.
The parade will include “hundreds of missiles and rockets,” including “dozens” of the new Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missiles, which the North first tested in November of last year and some analysts claim can theoretically range the entirety of the American mainland, diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of North Korea’s intentions told CNN.
The purpose is to “scare the hell out of the Americans,” these sources revealed.
Tens of thousands of North Korean soldiers are also expected to participate in this aggressive show of force, as Seoul has reportedly detected as many as 50,000 troops training for the parade at Mirim Airport in Pyongyang, according to UPI. Satellite imagery has actually showed a slow and steady buildup of troops and weaponry since November last year.
Rows of transporter erector launchers for missiles were recently spotted in the area, and there is speculation that North Korea will roll out new missiles and weapons systems.
North Korea held a military parade last April, during which it rolled out half a dozen new missile systems. The North then proceeded to fire them off throughout the year. “These military parades are of great interest to outsiders, as North Korea has frequently used them to showcase new military equipment and its latest weapons systems,” 38 North scholar Joseph Bermudez explained in a recent analysis.
The upcoming event, if in fact it is a military parade, is likely to cast an ominous shadow over South Korea’s so-called “Peace Olympics,” scheduled to kick off Feb. 9. North Korea appears to be eager to steal the show before and during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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