To underscore his defiance of international pressure, North Korea is expected to hold a massive military parade on Thursday, the day before the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
38 North, a North Korean monitoring group, analyzing photos of Pyongyang on Wednesday stated that 12,000 soldiers and 110 artillery devices, tanks and armored vehicles were training parades. There is also speculation that North Korea will deploy newly developed intercontinental intercontinental ballistic missiles this year and was tested last year as a show of strength.
South Korea's Unification Ministry declared that such a North Korean military parade would not affect the game. [uh]