North Korea Tells Foreign Journalists To Prepare For “Big” Event On Thursday

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com
Apr 12, 2017

In a potentially concerning geopolitical development, Reuters reports that foreign journalists visiting North Korea have been told to prepare for a “big and important event” on Thursday, although the wire service says there were “no indications it was directly linked to tensions in the region over the isolated state’s nuclear weapons program.”

As a reminder, April 15 marks the nation’s 105th birthday of founding president Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s biggest national day called “Day of the Sun”, and around 200 foreign journalists are in Pyongyang to cover it, however why North korea would urge particular attention to a day that falls two days earlier was unclear, although there is precedent: In April, 2012, North Korea attempted to launch a long-range rocket ahead of the 100th Day of the Sun. State media later confirmed the launch had failed.

The mystery grew when officials gave no details as to the nature of the event or where it would take place. That said, similar announcements in the past have been linked to relatively low-key set pieces. In 2016, Reuters adds, foreign journalists underwent hours of investigation by North Korean officials ahead of what turned out to be a pop concert to mark the finale of a ruling Workers’ Party congress.

Meanwhile, tensions are running high, with a U.S. Navy strike group steaming toward the western Pacific in a show of force and North Korea warning of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression.

Visits by foreign journalists to North Korea are rare and tightly coordinated, Reuters adds, and security checks at events attended by leader Kim Jong Un are especially rigorous. North Korea often uses such visits to showcase new construction projects. In recent weeks workers have been putting the finishing touches to the skyscraper-lined “Ryomyong” street in central Pyongyang.

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One Response to “North Korea Tells Foreign Journalists To Prepare For “Big” Event On Thursday”

  1. Robert Edward Lee

    Fatty’s gonna take a huge dump on Thursday and all the sheeple will cry and wale and celebrate … or be shot.

    #3205732

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