SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean state media on Sunday trumpeted how the country had gained an “invincible power which the world cannot ignore and no one can touch” under Kim Jong Un, an apparent reference to his nuclear weapons , as Pyongyang prepares for a military holiday.

Monday will mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army, and international observers have said North Korea may hold a large military parade or hold other weapons displays.

North Korea has conducted an unprecedented wave of ballistic missile testing this year, and US and South Korean officials say there are signs it could resume nuclear weapons testing for the first time. since 2017.

A report by state news agency KCNA on Sunday charted the history of North Korea’s military achievements, its battles against the United States in the 1950-1953 Korean War and minor skirmishes throughout the from the Cold War until the 2010 bombing of Yeonpyeong Island in South Korea, which hit both military and civilian targets.

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The Northern Army is equipped with offensive and defensive capabilities that can “stand up to any modern war,” KCNA said.

He praised Kim’s “brilliant military ideology and outstanding military leadership, as well as his unparalleled courage and guts”, as well as his leadership in winning over the country’s “invincible power”.

For weeks, commercial satellite images showed thousands of North Korean soldiers training to march in formation at a parade training ground in Pyongyang, the capital.

Analysts had predicted a military parade on April 15, which marked the 110th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s late communist founder, and the country’s biggest holiday, but only a small civilian ‘procession’ has been reported.

Preparations are underway, suggesting a parade could now take place during or around Monday’s army holiday, according to 38 North, a US-based program, and NK News, a Seoul-based website that follows the North.

North Korea’s most recent parades have taken place at night and have been used to unveil new weapons, including its largest Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

(Reporting by Josh Smith; Additional reporting by Byungwook Kim; Editing by Paul Simao)

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