South Korea stages rare military parade in central Seoul

Hyunmoo-3 vehicles (front) take part in a military parade to celebrate South Korea’s 75th Armed Forces Day in Seoul on September 26, 2023. (Photo by Afp)

South Korea put on its first large-scale military parade in a decade on Tuesday (September 26), with weapons ranging from ballistic missiles to tanks rolling through Seoul in a show of force as it takes a tougher stance against North Korea.

The parade marked the country's Armed Forces Day, normally a muted event relative to the massive events the North has staged under leader Kim Jong Un that include strategic weapons such as intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

The highlight was a 2-kilometre (1.24 mile) parade through Seoul's main commercial and business district to the bustling Gwanghwamun area that is the gate to a sprawling palace in the heart of the capital.

Crowds lined the streets in the rain to take in the rare display of military hardware up close, cheering as troops, tanks, missiles and underwater drones passed by.
(Source: Reuters)

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