PYEONGCHANG, South Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over an extravagant military parade in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, grabbing the spotlight on the eve of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea to thumb his nose at Washington while making a point of showing off his new-found restraint toward Seoul.
The parade itself had been anticipated for weeks.
North Korea announced last month that it would hold a big event to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of its military.
But instead of broadcasting the morning event live, North Korean television aired an edited version later in the day, giving it a somewhat lower profile than expected.
This time, Kim fine-tuned his more fiery rhetoric toward Washington.
Kim said the parade marks North Korea’s emergence as a “global military power.”