North Korea Mounts Military Parade

North Korea Mounts Military Parade

After holding historic talks with Trump in June, Kim affirmed his "unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

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

A parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea took place in Pyongyang on September 9.

"There was no display of ICBMs, IRBMs (intermediate-range ballistic missiles), which would really not have sat well with the whole idea that North Korea is committed to ultimate demilitarization. Energy of the parade was much more upbeat and lighthearted versus previous years - not so much the military portion but definitely in civilian portion".

The missiles' conspicuous absence drew praise from US President Donald Trump who called it "a big and very positive statement from North Korea".

He also said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un helped "prove everyone wrong through good dialogue between two people that like each other".

Instead of missiles, the imagery at Saturday's concert highlighted North Korean landmarks, from its spiritual birthplace Mount Paektu to the Pyongyang skyline, and economic development, with shots of factories, steel plants, and abundant fields of wheat.

And the issue of nuclear-armed North Korea will most likely not be the main topic in Vladivostok, said Andrei Lankov, a historian at Seoul's Kookmin University. Washington wants Kim to commit to denuclearisation first, but Pyongyang wants its security guaranteed and a peace agreement formally ending the Korean War.

With a formation of glowing drones, lasers and stadium-sized gymnastics shows, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un relaunched the "Mass Games" on Sunday in a pageant that declared that "waves" of global sanctions would break against the strength of North Korea's self-reliance.




"All our might to build economy!" declared a banner atop a float decorated with modern trains, solar panels, wind power plants and hydro-electric dams. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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Last year, North Korea displayed its long-range missiles for the world to see, unnerving the White House and prompting a fiery exchange of insults from both sides, leaving many fearing war.

Afterwards Kim and Li saluted the cheering crowd, the North Korean raising his guest's hand into the air.

The North also refrained from immediately televising the event, though North Korean media were out in force to film it, deploying booms and - for possibly the first time - drones with cameras.

Soon after the Sunday celebrations end, Kim will once again meet in Pyongyang with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss ways to break the impasse over his nuclear weapons.

The U.S.'s newly appointed special representative for North Korea, former Ford Motor Co. executive Steve Biegun, was due to arrive in the region Monday.

The mass games performances are expected to continue for the next month or so, with tickets for foreigners starting at just over $100 and going up to more than $800 per seat.

"That choice alone suggests Kim's intention to underline the seriousness of his "New Strategic Line, ' announced earlier this year that privileges the country's economic betterment after the 'completion" of the country's nuclear deterrent last year", said Ankit Panda, a strategic expert and adjunct senior fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

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