Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

N Korea holds military parade without advanced missiles

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.

"This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea", Trump tweeted.

Moreover, Li Zhanshu, a member of China's Politbureau Standing Committee and, as the country's parliamentary head, widely seen as the number three player in the Chinese Communist Party, joined North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in reviewing the parade.

Foreign dignitaries are even expected to attend - including Chinese president Xi Jinping's righthand man Li Zhanshu.

With tensions once again on the rise, a parade featuring the very missiles that so unnerved Mr Trump a year ago - and led to a risky volley of insults from both leaders - could have been seen as a deliberate provocation.

North Korea has long used parades to display the strength of its military, having most recently held one of February of this year. This spectacle of human art, in which thousands of carefully drilled performers hold up colored placards that, in combination, create a series of shifting images, is a flagship specialty of North Korea.

Washington wants North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program while Kim wants security concessions and a formal agreement ending the Korean War.

We were in the massive square named after Kim's grandfather, the country's founding leader.

Although colourful signs with the words "Celebrating the 70th anniversary of founding" have been put up along main roads, slogans criticising the United States have not appeared in the capital.

Mr Kim reciprocated with an expression of appreciation, saying, "Currently North Korea is following a strategic line of focusing on economic development".

While experts do say that the absence of missiles in the parade was meant to avoid upsetting Trump, progress on getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons remains at a standstill.

Kim's effort to ease tensions with US President Donald Trump have stalled since their June summit in Singapore.

North Korea's state-run media published Friday what it said was an "indictment" by its South Korean wing, denouncing US forces on the peninsula and calling their withdrawal "the irresistible trend of the times".

Finally came the missiles, the traditional climax of the parades.

North Korea watchdog 38 North said commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in August suggested no dismantlement has taken place at either the launch pad or engine test stand.

News 1 reported Friday there have been talks between Pyongyang and the United Nations Command to cooperate on the excavation of USA military remains on the North's side of Panmunjom.

Mr Kim and Mr 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. He claims to have perfected his nuclear arsenal enough to deter USA aggression and devote his resources to raising the standard of living.

"The Chinese Party and government took seriously (our) friendly, cooperative relationship with North Korea".

Sunday is the 70th anniversary of the 1948 foundation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the North is officially known, 3 years after Moscow and Washington divided the peninsula between them in the closing days of the Second World War.

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