Analysing North Korea's military parades

North Korea’s military parades are an impressive sight. They can also give away important information about the regime’s capabilities and ambitions. Here we deconstruct all of Kim Jong Un’s major parades and highlight the messages they carry. We counted every piece of equipment that rolled through Kim Il Sung Square.

The latest display of military hardware focused more on new missiles and less on tanks and artillery, suggesting the North was trying to project the image of a country with advanced capabilities in warfare. A Reuters analysis shows there has been a gradual decline in conventional weapons on display since 2012, Kim Jong Un's first parade as leader, and a move to showcase more sophisticated weapons such as ballistic missiles.

By Simon Scarr, Jin Wu, Weiyi Cai and Chris Inton
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