Foreign dignitaries are arriving in Pyongyang.
Students are running drills in and around the capital.
That’s because North Korea is preparing for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of its ruling party.
The coming weekend will bear witness to a commemoration of huge national significance.
But to South Koreans and Americans, part of the celebration will become their worries – the military parade.
South Korea and the United States have already aired their concerns to the pobability of the test-firing of middle- or long-range missiles by the North.
But regardless of the denunciations, the parade will go on.