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Thu Sep 9, 2021, 05:55 AM

N. Korea shows off civil defense units in toned-down parade

Source: AP

By KIM TONG-HYUNG

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Civil defense forces carrying rifles and health workers wearing gas masks and red hazmat suits paraded in North Korea’s capital in a celebration of the nation’s 73rd anniversary that was a marked departure from past militaristic displays.

The parade late Wednesday — overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, wearing a cream suit and visibly slimmer than at the start of the year — centered around paramilitary organizations and public security forces protecting the capital, Pyongyang, instead of the military units that handle the most important weapons in Kim’s nuclear and missile arsenal.

In January and last October, North Korea rolled out its most provocative strategic weapons, threatening Asian rivals and the American homeland, but there was no immediate indication the latest parade showcased ballistic weapons.

Thursday’s state media coverage of the event that began late Wednesday indicated its message was aimed at a domestic audience.



In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, waves from a balcony toward the assembled troops and spectators during a celebration of the nation’s 73rd anniversary at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, early Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-seoul-business-parades-north-korea-c9721fb45d123e63760c7e58de9eb1e1

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BigmanPigman Sep 2021 #1
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 9, 2021, 06:27 AM

1. I wonder if his weight loss was due

to Covid. He was missing for a while there, even speculation of a body double.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 9, 2021, 07:32 AM

2. I seriously doubt that photo is of the real Kim Jong Un

He not only lost a lot of weight but also appears to have gotten younger.

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Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 9, 2021, 07:54 AM

5. Maybe it is the significant weight loss making him look younger?

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 9, 2021, 07:53 AM

4. Yes good point.

He could have been ill with covid.

I wonder why he isn't wearing his usual military uniform?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Sep 9, 2021, 07:53 AM

3. Remarkable change in appearance. Looks more like a normal person here.

Loss of weight, wearing a civilian suit.

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Thu Sep 9, 2021, 09:12 AM

6. holding the parade at midnight

is for western audiences aimed at the daytime news cycle here.

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