North Korea Prepares Massive Military Demo

D-Bo , April 15, 2014, 10:44 a.m.

According to report by the Chosun Ilbo, North Korea is preparing a firepower demonstration by mobilizing multiple rocket launchers for regime founder Kim Il-sung's birthday on Tuesday and the North Korean Army's anniversary on April 25. 

Tradionally, the North has performed parades as part of their celebration, but this year, it seems that “There are no signs of the North preparing for a parade at Mirim Airport or Sunan Airport in Pyongyang,"  a source close to the South Korean government said.  "So it's unlikely that there'll be a massive parade either on Kim Il-sung's birthday or on army founding day."

The North is is gathering artillery pieces like MRLs and self-propelled guns near Pyongyang, the source said. "We're watching closely because we think the regime will probably carry out a massive firepower demonstration as a show of force around Friday," when annual South-Korea-U.S. military drills come to a close.

During the largest-ever parade on Kim Il-sung's 100th birthday in April 2012, the regime unveiled a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, though it is unclear whether it was a mock-up. Last year, the regime carried out a huge parade on July 27 to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice instead of Kim's birthday or army founding day.

Military authorities here believe that the North will likely carry out the firepower demonstration or launch medium or short-range missiles in response to a joint South Korea-U.S. firepower demonstration in northern Gyeonggi Province and a joint aerial training exercise dubbed "Max Power" last Friday. 

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