North Korea uses 70th anniversary to push economy, not nukes

10 September, 2018, 16:28 | Author: Donnie King
  • Officials at a ceremony to celebrate North Korea's 70th anniversary

"North Korea has just staged their parade, celebrating 70th anniversary of founding, without the customary display of nuclear missiles", Trump wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday, Efe news reported.

Pyongyang residents, who trained for months for the anniversary, held up the bouquets to spell out words and slogans. The parade instead featured floats and flowers as Kim chose to focus on building economic power.

China's top legislator on Sunday presented a signed letter from General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese President Xi Jinping to Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Wally Santana in Bangkok. "We will both prove everyone wrong!" he tweeted.

"@FoxNews This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea". There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other!

Tanks roll past during a parade for the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept. 9, 2018.

The parade allowed Kim to highlight themes of military accomplishment, national development, and global engagement at a time when doubts are arising over his commitment to abandoning nuclear weapons.

The parties are struggling to implement a 1-1/2 page document signed by Trump and Kim in June at the first-ever summit between sitting USA and North Korean leaders. "Much better than before I took office".

At one point jets trailing red, white and blue smoke - the colours of the North Korean flag - roared above the Juche Tower, the stone monument to Kim Il Sung's political philosophy.




That's a big departure from February's parade, when it displayed its Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, believed capable of reaching the US, and a number of other formidable missiles and the erector-launchers used to fire them off from remote locations.

The message from the group, that directs its propaganda mainly at the South, included a condemnation of the United States for the "most barbaric massacre" during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Biegun's visit comes at a crunch time as South Korea's latest push for the North's denuclearization seems to be gaining traction.

Kim chose to take a low-key approach yesterday, holding back the North's most advanced missiles.

Meanwhile, experts suggest that the lack of Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missiles on display could be a sign that North Korea does not want to further antagonize the United States.

But while South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is due in Pyongyang for a summit with his North Korean counterpart from September 18 to 20, talks with the United States have hit a roadblock over who should make the next move.

This year's celebrations also mark the revival of North Korea's iconic mass games after a five-year hiatus.

Kim himself did not speak at the event, leaving it to Kim Yong Nam, the head of the country's parliament, to make an address emphasizing the economic goals of the regime, not its military might, Reuters reported. Ticket sales to tourists from China and Europe are reportedly brisk despite prices that start at 100 euros and go all the way up to 800 euros for VIP seating.

The North Korean leader and Mr Trump appeared to strike a deal to denuclearise the Korena peninsula earlier this year.

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