North Korea surprised observers with its Day of the Sun celebration on Saturday, marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il Sun.
Many had expected (and feared) a nuclear test, although one may still take place. Satellite photographs shows that an underground nuclear test site is fully prepared. But, for now, Pyongyang had instead opted for a military parade showcasing the Hermit Kingdom’s hardware and a (failed) missile test the very next day. Washington, in turn, seems intent to disrupt any future missile launches, whether through non-kinetic cyber measures or possibly interception – a possibility that could raise questions on Canada’s decision to refrain from cooperating on ballistic missile defence (BMD).