North Korea displays military capabilities in large parade featuring banned weapons

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Nuclear-capable missiles and new attack drones were among the weapons displayed in a large military parade staged in Pyongyang for leader Kim Jong Un and visiting delegations from China and Russia, North Korean state media reported on Friday.

The widely anticipated parade was held on Thursday night to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, celebrated in North Korea as “Victory Day.”

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The Chinese and Russian delegations, including Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, were the first such visitors to North Korea since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Their appearance at event with the North’s nuclear missiles - which were banned by the United Nations Security Council with China’s and Russia’s support - marked a contrast with previous years when Beijing and Moscow took steps to distance themselves from their neighbor’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development.

The parade included North Korea’s latest Hwasong-17 and Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to state news agency KCNA, which are believed to have the range to strike targets anywhere in the United States.

The event also featured a fly over by new attack and spy drones, KCNA reported.

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