• N. Korea Designates Army Anniversary As National Holiday To Reinforce Self-Reliance

A photo from North Korea's state-run Rodong Sinmun's coverage of the Korean People's Army founding on February 8, 1948.
A photo from North Korea's state-run Rodong Sinmun's coverage of the Korean People's Army founding on February 8, 1948.
North Korea has designated as a national holiday the date its late founder Kim Il-sung created anti-Japanese guerrilla forces during Japan's colonial rule of Korea.

The North's state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported on Friday that a decree was promulgated on Wednesday to institute the founding day of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army on April 25, 1932 as a national holiday.

This appears to be in line with the regime's efforts to emphasize self-reliance.

Recent media reports have highlighted North Koreans' visits to "revolutionary battle sites" where late founder Kim staged anti-Japanese struggles.

April 25 had previously been celebrated as the army founding anniversary date from 1978 to 2018, after which the country switched it to February 8 to commemorate the modern day Korean People's Army which was established in 1948.

<Photo: Yonhap News>





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