The 110th birth anniversary of the late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung was celebrated on Friday. The festival is celebrated in the main square of Pyongyang with fireworks, rallies and cultural events.
Nuclear-armed North Korea usually displays its newly invented weapons this holiday season. However, a number of weapons tests this year did not show the usual military equipment on the day of the festival. Three weeks ago, the country test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB) for the first time since 2016.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited his grandfather’s tomb on the occasion and attended a “national meeting and public procession” at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square. However, he did not give any public speech. A senior official spoke at the meeting. He said North Korea would overcome all complications and always emerge victorious. State news agency KCNA broadcast footage of the cultural event live on Friday evening.
Analysts, including officials from South Korea and the United States, have speculated that North Korea could unveil new weapons at the festival or test banned nuclear weapons for the country. However, North Korea’s state media did not mention the military exercise.
Note that Kim Il Sung died in 1994. But he is still the country’s “eternal president.” His body is being mummified in a palace outside the capital.