Wednesday, September 10, 2008


From TODAY, World
Wednesday September 10, 2008

SPECTACULAR Parade, but N Norea’s Kim Jong-Il absent

North Korea marked its 60th anniversary yesterday with a massive parade (picture) of its reserve military forces, but leader Kim Jong-Il did not make a public appearance, a report from Pyongyang said.

Kim’s absence heightened speculation about his health following an earlier South Korean media report that he collapsed last month.

The parade in Kim Il-Sung Square brought together the military reserves and Pyongyang residents, who filled the large area that can hold about 100,000 people. Military equipment such as antiaircraft and anti-tank artillery were on display, but not tanks and missiles. The regular army, navy and air force did not take part. AFP
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