N Korea stages military parade on eve of Olympics Feb 09, 2018 0 51 12345 AFPSeoulNorth Korea staged a military parade in Pyongyang Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces, putting its intercontinental ballistic missiles on show just a day before the Winter Olympics open in the South.The nuclear-armed North is on an Olympics-linked charm offensive, sending a troupe of performers, and hundreds of female cheerleaders to South Korea.But regiments of soldiers goose-stepped in formation through Kim Il-sung Square on Thursday, followed by trucks, artillery, tanks and finally four giant Hwasong-15 ICBMs -- as well as a band forming the Korean word for"Victory".Unlike the North's last parade in April 2017 state television did not show the event live, instead airing it hours later.Fireworks went off as leader Kim Jong-un took his place on the rostrum to watch the display, along with his wife Ri Sol Ju and ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, who will head Pyongyang's delegation to the Olympics on Friday."We ... have become capable of showcasing our stature as a world-class military power to the world," said Kim, wearing a long black coat and black fedora. The military should remain on high alert to ensure that invaders could not violate the North's sovereignty"even by 0.001mm", he said."Long live!" cried the assembled troops, their breath condensing in the subzero temperatures and some of them in tears at the sight of the leader.Analysts say that with the dual approach, the North is looking to normalise its status as a"de facto nuclear state", and could be trying to weaken sanctions against it or drive a wedge between the South and its ally the US.North Korea is under multiple sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, which have seen it develop rockets capable of reaching the US mainland. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Nigeria's Boko Haram region needs over $1 bn funding: UN Feb 09, 2018 0 342 N Korean orchestra serenades South amid protest Feb 09, 2018 0 61 Military offensive in DR Congo likely to displace 370,000: UN Feb 09, 2018 0 54 'Day of anger' in Chad fails over low turnout AFP N'Djamena Plans for a"day of anger" in the Chadian capital failed to materialise Thursday, with just a few dozen protesters marching against austerity amid a large police presence, a day after the government .. Ethiopia to release 746 prisoners, including journalist, dissident REUTERS ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia will release 746 more prisoners, including a journalist and a senior opposition official who were jailed for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, the attorney general's office said on .. Gambia readmitted to Commonwealth under new president Barrow AFP London The Gambia was readmitted to the Commonwealth, welcomed back following the democratic election of President Adama Barrow, who reversed the shock pullout of 2013. His predecessor Yahya Jammeh suddenly ..