North Korea holds military parade on eve of Olympics
Thursday February 8 2018
A North Korean cheering band leave a welcoming ceremony for North Korea's athletes, at the athletes village of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Gangneung on February 8, 2018. AFP PHOTO | ED JONES
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".
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 the ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam — who will head Pyongyang's delegation to the Olympics on Friday.
Tensions soared last year as the North carried out multiple weapons tests, including the Hwasong-15 capable of reaching the US mainland, and by far its most powerful nuclear test to date.