Kim holds fire on displaying his biggest guns

Workers at a cosmetics factory in North Korea

Image Workers at a cosmetics factory in North Korea

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Kim Il Sung Square on Sunday to watch as tanks and artillery rolled by next to goosestepping soldiers and marching bands in a major military parade to mark North Korea's 70th anniversary.

"Trump is not going to prove anyone wrong".

"(China) hopes North Korea and the United States will implement their common understanding (made) in their bilateral summit and keep to the good trend of peace and dialogue", the Chinese official said, adding that China wants to play a "constructive role" in resolving Korean Peninsula issues politically together with other concerned nations. The recently returned remains, mostly bones and other fragments, were flown to Hawaii for analysis and identification.

In June Mr Kim and Mr Trump signed a vague agreement to work towards denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula but it did not include a timeline, details or mechanisms to verify the process.

For global consumption at least, Kim Jong-un's flagship "Byungjin" policy line, which focused on joint development of the economy and strategic weapons, has been watered down, with the focus now shifting to economic progress and downplaying the arms.

But on Sunday, almost half of the military parade was devoted to showcasing civilian efforts to build the country's economy, the Associated Press reported.


Senior statesman Kim Yong-nam, the head of North Korea's parliament, set the relatively softer tone for the event with an opening speech that emphasised the economic goals of the regime, not its nuclear might.

A North Korea expert has launched an astonishing attack on Donald Trump, attacking his "repugnant grovelling" before Kim Jong-un and saying that Pyongyang will never give up its nuclear weapons.

Mr Kim was seen laughing and holding hands up with a Chinese special envoy as he oversaw the festivities at Pyongyang's main Kim Il-sung square on a clear autumn day.

A senior Russian official who met Kim Jong Un this weekend cited the North Korean leader as saying he did not plan any unilateral steps to denuclearize and was instead awaiting a USA response to steps he already took, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

The strong emphasis on the economy underscores the strategy Kim has pursued since January of putting economic development front and center.

Unlike in previous years, there were no inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) on display.


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.

Noting that the 70th founding anniversary is a big event for the DPRK, Li said President Xi attaches great importance to the event and dispatched a delegation to Pyongyang to send China's warm congratulations.

In a tweet Sunday, President Trump suggested North Korea's decision to cut the missiles shows their commitment to denuclearization.

Foreign journalists in the North Korean capital posted Twitter photos showing parade floats with large slogans pushing economic development.

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

Participants perform during the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept. 9, 2018.


Soon after Sunday's celebrations end, Kim will once again meet withSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in as the rival neighbors continue their efforts to improve relations.

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