(SEOUL, South Korea) — The South Korean military is now speculating that if there is a missile launch from North Korea, it could happen on or before April 15, the nation’s founder Kim Il-sung’s birthday.
North Korea has a habit of connecting parades, marches and military action with important dates. April 15 would be Kim Il-sung’s 101st birthday. Last year North Korea honored his 100th birthday with a rocket test shortly before April 15. That rocket launched failed.
South Korea, Japan and the United States are all intently watching movement toward the coast in anticipation of the anniversary.
Despite the worry, life seems to be going more or less as normal in South Korea. South Koreans are no stranger to North Korean bluster and propaganda, and the streets of Seoul were full of people going about their daily lives.
“Our government should have a sword in one hand and hold out their other” an unfazed South Korean father told a reporter with ABC’s Good Morning America. “The Kim Jong-un regime will collapse.”
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