Party time in North Korea

North Korean soldiers march during a military parade at Kim Il-Sung Square, marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean war armistice, in Pyongyang, in July 2013When it comes to grandiose, mass displays of state muscle and military grandstanding, North Korea has few equals. This Saturday, the reclusive, and diplomatically elusive North is set to put on its biggest show to date — a goose-stepping, tank-rumbling, missile-bristling tribute to the Workers’ Party that has served at the whim of three generations of the ruling Kim family. Speculation that the party’s 70th anniversary celebrations would be topped by a long-range rocket launch has receded, but the centrepiece mass parade in Pyongyang is still expected to provide a masterclass in synchronised military swagger.

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