Trump Salutes Kim for N.Korean Parade without Nuclear Missiles

10 September, 2018, 08:47 | Author: Diane Mills
  • N Korea holds military parade without advanced missiles

Tens of thousands of citizens lined the streets as a military parade featuring armored vehicles, heavy artillery, missiles and thousands of goose-stepping troops rolled regally across Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Square Sunday as the country celebrated its 70 anniversary in style.

Sunday's parade was attended by leader Kim Jong Un and other senior officials, including Li Zhanshu, a special envoy sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Wally Santana in Bangkok.

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 US and North Korean leaders. "Thank you To Chairman Kim", Trump wrote. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News. A parade float at the event displayed a slogan of "All our might to build economy!" according to Reuters.

"Just moments ago they put on that he said very strongly that we want to denuclearize North Korea during President Trump's tenure. just said it, just said it", Trump said at a campaign rally in Montana.

Trump, who met with Kim for a denuclearization summit in Singapore in June, tweeted his gratitude to the North Korean dictator on Sunday.

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

Despite no agreement yet between Pyongyang and Washington on the denuclearization process the two agreed to at their landmark Singapore summit in June, and with Pyongyang demanding the United States agree to a peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War, there have, over the last week, been some encouraging signals.

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Xi said he is willing to work with Kim to strengthen the guidance of China-DPRK relations, implement the important consensus reached by the two leaders and push for greater progress in bilateral ties.

Sunday's parade also emphasized the country's economy in addition to showcasing its military capabilities.

Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's titular head of state, gave a speech at the parade in which he said the country had achieved status as a military power, and would now pursue efforts to strengthen its economy.

Kim and 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.

While his current focus is on global diplomacy and domestic economic development, he commands both a nuclear arsenal and an intercontinental ballistic missile force. A February event, which came amid the first diplomatic breakthroughs between the two sides, was much smaller and featured no obvious new threats to the U.S.

As the country launches a "new era" of reconciliation and global engagement, Sunday's premiere in Pyongyang was the first Mass Games in five years and was a major part of a carefully choreographed weekend of events created to highlight Kim's diplomatic campaign and plans for economic development. He claims to have perfected his nuclear arsenal enough to deter U.S. aggression and devote his resources to raising the standard of living.

But given what we have seen in the past few days, the emphasis has been far more on economic development, science and technology, and modernization.

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


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