Military parades

Russia holding largest war games since the Cold War

Russian soldiers at the Victory Day military parade earlier this year in Russia. Photo: Wang Xiujun/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images
Russian soldiers at the Victory Day military parade in Russia. Photo: Wang Xiujun/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

Russia is launching the biggest military exercise since the Cold War in eastern Siberia from from Sept. 11-17 on the heels of heightened NATO-Russia tensions, reports BBC News.

The details: The war games will involve about 300,000 service personnel and include the Chinese and Mongolian armies. Russian reserve colonel Frants Klintsevich said the country has developed "a different attitude to combat readiness," per BBC. Meanwhile, China said the joint military operation would bolster "both sides' capabilities to jointly respond to various security threats." Beijing and Moscow have been modernizing their military capabilities as their relations with the U.S. grow more tense, the WSJ notes.

North Korea hosts military parade free of advanced missiles

Korean soldiers marching in parade
Korean People's Army soldiers march during the rally in Pyongyang on September 9. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea staged a huge military parade Sunday in commemoration of its 70th anniversary, but did not display the country's most advanced missiles as it had in the past, AP reports.

The big picture: Amid stalled nuclear talks with the U.S., dictator Kim Jong-un appeared to use the annual parade to celebrate North Korea's economic development, rather than its nuclear capabilities. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are expected to meet later this month in Pyongyang to discuss "complete denuclearization."

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