Saturday, 22 September, 2018

North Korea celebrates 70th birthday in unison

People taking part in a concert at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on Saturday Image People taking part in a concert at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on Saturday
Leonard Rios | 10 September, 2018, 18:29

North Korea staged a major military parade, huge rallies and will revive its iconic mass games on Sunday to mark its 70th anniversary as a nation.

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

"Trump is not going to prove anyone wrong".

Mr Trump thanked "Chairman Kim" and said: "There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other".

The last time she was seen out and about was three months ago during the U.S.

Kim Jong Un and his South Korean counterpart Moon will meet in Pyongyang on September 18-20 for the third time this year and discuss "practical measures" towards denuclearisation, officials in Seoul have said.

Later on Sunday, the celebrations will continue with the opening of what are known as North Korea's Mass Games, a synchronized display of gymnastics and dance performed by tens of thousands of people working in unison.

Numerous tanks and other vehicles at the parade still bore a slogan on the front: "Destroy the USA imperialist aggressors, the sworn enemy of the DPRK people!"

Li also handed a signed letter from Xi to Kim.

In his New Year's message in January, Kim had pledged to celebrate the country's 70th anniversary with "utmost grandness" after declaring the completion of nuclear capability and vowing to shift its focus to economic development.

The North rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units in Sunday's parade but held back its most advanced missiles and devoted almost half of the event to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy.

Clearly, he is all in on the peace deal with South Korea, although he has shown little movement since meeting with Trump in June on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

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Mr Kim told the envoy that North Korea was focusing on economic development and hopes to learn from China's experience in this regard, Chinese state television reported.

The US President added that "Theme was peace and economic development".

The North Korean leader presided at the parade but did not deliver a speech there and authorities opted not to display any intercontinental or medium-range ballistic missiles among the military hardware in the procession.

North Korea was founded in 1948, after the peninsula had been divided by great power fiat at the end of World War II, prior to which it was a Japanese colony.

Canadian David Ellsworth, from Kelowna, B.C., who has travelled to North Korea eight times, says he was "amazed" by the tone of Sunday's parade.

In a tweet Sunday, President Trump suggested North Korea's decision to cut the missiles shows their commitment to denuclearization. "@FoxNews This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea".

He waved to the crowd before leaving but did not make any public remarks.

The parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea began with ranks of soldiers, followed by tanks, trucks carrying rocket launchers and heavy artillery.

The mass games, dubbed "Shining Fatherland", featured everything from a display of drones flying in formation to fireworks, lasers, circus-style performances and at one point hundreds of martial artists doing taekwondo.

During the event, a video was played of Kim meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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