North Korea Mounts Military Parade

Workers at a cosmetics factory in North Korea

In April 2017, as tensions with Trump were escalating, Kim paraded a series of missile canisters through Kim Il Sung Square that foreshadowed his later test of a rocket capable of reaching Washington.

A sea of spectators watched the parade as tens of thousands of goose-stepping soldiers and columns of tanks drove past a review stand where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took the salute.

But that imagery was balanced with flowers and colored balloons, floats on the economy and unification, and spectators waving flags of a unified Korea, Reuters reported. It blends art with mass engagement and propaganda messaging.

And French actor Gerard Depardieu is also in Pyongyang. The reason for the thespian's presence is unknown; he reportedly refused to speak to journalists. "We will prove everyone wrong!"

The past two big anniversaries of North Korea's founding, in 2008 and 2013, did not feature the Korean People's Army, only the civil defense units, which are officially called "Worker Peasant Red Guards". "Much better than before I took office".

Washington wants Pyongyang to move decisively toward dismantling its nuclear weapons program, but North Korea insists it first wants a declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War is over, as a way of helping guarantee its security and build trust.

North Korea celebrated its 70th birthday on Sunday with a lavish parade in Pyongyang.

Kim met U.S. President Donald Trump in June and agreed to "work toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", but negotiations appear to have stalled since then, with both sides increasingly critical of each other over a lack of progress. "Thank you To Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!"

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A third summit between Mr Kim and South Korean president Moon Jae-in has been confirmed for later this month.

Recalling his three meetings with Xi, Kim said he felt in person the valuable and warm DPRK-China friendship, adding that the DPRK will firmly carry on and do its best to develop the friendship no matter how the global situation changes.

A week before the third summit between the two Koreas in five months begins in Pyongyang, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon converge on Vladivostok for an economic forum held September 11-13.

Mr Li had travelled to North Korea as a special envoy of President Xi. Soon after assuming power, Kim executed his uncle, long-time regime player Jang Song-taek, who maintained close ties with Beijing. All the meetings have taken place on Chinese soil, indicating that it is Xi who holds the whiphand - or wants to maintain the appearance of doing so.

Slogans and signs emphasising the nation's "state nuclear force" have disappeared from major sites in Pyongyang.

North Korea declared its establishment as an individual state in 1948 following Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation in 1945.

The spectacle focused on a military parade and mass games that put leader Kim Jong Un's hopes for a stronger economy front and centre. And there were no nuclear tests to mark the holiday, as has happened in each of the last two years. His core policy line was "Songeun", or military first.

The expert said said: "It is a day Kim Jong Un should reminisce the past 70 years of the republic, and it is an event where he has the pressure to offer a long-term statecraft vision that looks into more than 10 years that follow". "He had promised a "grand celebration" of the foundation day, but there were not many things to celebrate on nuclear talks or economic development". These assets, combined, provide him with a deterrent that neither his father or grandfather could boast.

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