|This image made from a video broadcast by North Korea's KRT, shows a military parade with what appears to be a possible new intercontinental ballistic missile at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (File photo by=KRT via AP)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] SEOUL: A unification ministry official revealed on Thursday (Nov.25), that South Korea is closely watching the possibility of North Korea holding an event celebrating its 2017 launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
North Korea's calendars began to mark Nov. 29 as an anniversary for its "rocket" development this year. On the day in 2017, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared the completion of the country's nuclear force after firing the new ICBM, the Hwasong-15. "We are keeping monitoring signs of celebratory events or related media reports as North Korean calendars began to mark the anniversary for the first time this year," the official told reporters in the background.The North's official media outlets have yet to report on the designation of the new anniversary. "We will continue monitoring as there hasn't been any official explanation on the anniversary," the official added.
Meanwhile, North Korea has been forging ahead with its nuclear and missile programs as seen in its tests earlier this year of new weapons, such as a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test in October.