North Korea typically celebrates the anniversary of its only legal political party, particularly those during milestone years every decade or half-decade, with lavish parades that the regime forced tens of thousands of people to partake in. Pyongyang did host a parade this year, where it claimed to debut new weaponry, but chose to stage the parade in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday. Kim reportedly gave his speech on midnight Saturday before the parade began. North Koreans then watched the festivities pre-taped on Saturday.
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