Foreign journalists visiting North Korea to cover the the country’s 105th anniversary have been told to prepare for a “big and important event” on April 14, which is the biggest national day called “Day of the Sun”.
As reported by the Reuters news agency, officials gave no details as to the nature of the event or where it would take place, and similar announcements in the past have been linked to relatively low-key set pieces.
As many as 200 foreign journalists will be in North Korea to cover the anniversary celebrations on April 14.
Last year, 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.
But tensions are running high, with a US 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, reported Reuters.
Meanwhile, visits by foreign journalists to North Korea are rare and tightly coordinated, and security checks at events attended by leader Kim Jong Un are especially rigorous.
North Korea has in the past marked its April 15 holiday with tightly choreographed military parades.