North Korea holds military parade - whilst its athletes are welcomed at Winter Olympics next door

North Korea holds military parade whilst Winter Olympics holds welcome ceremony

North Korean military parades usually showcase the country's latest weapons (Stock image)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

North Korea held a military parade in its capital today (February 8) - just as the rogue state's athletes were basking in a recpetion in neighbouring South Korea.

International media was, unsurprisingly, not invited to the parade in Pyongyang, which is thought to have showcased rockets and missiles.

Up to 50,000 people were present at the parade in Kim Il Sung square where roughly 13,000 soldiers took part, according to Yonhap, a South Korean news agency.

Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, claims the military display was to be expected as North Korea usually tries to "demonstrate their independence and to try to convince us that their nuclear arsenal is beyond limits" during "periods of quiet."

North Korean parades are often used by intelligence analysts to analyse the weapons technology the country has, however as this parade is closely guarded, it seems the experts won't get a glimpse this time round.

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A diplomatic source told CNN the parade was held at 10am local time - the same time that North Koreans attended their own welcome ceremony at the Winter Olympics in neighbouring South Korea.

North and South Korea will march under a common flag during the official opening ceremony tomorrow (February 9) to represent the recent thaw in diplomatic relations between the two countries, and they have agreed to field a joint women's ice hockey team.

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