N.Korean Anniversary Passes Without Much-Feared Provocation

  • By Kim Jin-myung

    October 11, 2017 09:09

    North Korea marked the 72nd anniversary of the Workers Party on Tuesday without a widely feared major provocation.

    Instead the North kept up a barrage of verbal threats, with the official Rodong Sinmun daily urging North Koreans on its front page to "advance the final victory in the anti-U.S. war by upholding" the doctrine of pursuing nuclear arms and economic growth in tandem.

    North Koreans pay tribute to statues of nation founder Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    A Cheong Wa Dae official told the Chosun Ilbo, "We consider Oct. 18 the next critical moment since that is when China's Communist Party Congress starts."

    Other government officials here said poor visibility and overcast skies on Tuesday would have made a missile launch difficult.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping kicks off his second term with the start of China's 19th Communist Party Congress, and North Korea often uses provocations to draw its ally's attention to itself during major Chinese events.

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