Monday, September 10, 2018

North Korea shelves long-range missiles in military parade celebrating country's founding - Washington Times  


North Korea's arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, whose development has stoked the fears of Pyongyang's neighbors and the international community, were conspicuously absent during a massive military parade on Sunday.


The parade, held in North Korea's capital in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the communist country's founding, has traditionally been an opportunity for regime leaders to showcase its burgeoning long-range, nuclear-capable missile arsenal on the world stage.


Aside from the lack of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the parade, regime leader Kim Jong-un also refrained from carrying out any long-range missile tests, which have also accompanied the anniversary parade in the past. The noticeable lack of nuclear saber-rattling by Pyongyang comes as the country remains under extreme pressure from the U.S. and its allies to abandon their nuclear ambitions.