United States president thanks North Korea as flowers replace missiles in parade

United States president thanks North Korea as flowers replace missiles in parade

United States president thanks North Korea as flowers replace missiles in parade

On Sunday, the country staged a huge military parade to mark its 70th year as a nation.

Pyongyang residents have been training for months for the anniversary and held up the bouquets to spell out words and slogans that could be seen from the VIP viewing area.

While North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units for the parade at Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, it held back its most advanced missiles and devoted almost half of the event to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, at the office building of the WPK Central Committee in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this undated photo released on September 9, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). So which is the story here - "dialogue between two people who like each other", or a toughening standoff?

Kim expressed his appreciation for Xi's letter and asked Li to convey greetings and best wishes to Xi.

While portly leader Kim Jong Un was on hand, massive intercontinental ballistic missiles that the Hermit Kingdom rolls out for special occasions were absent - possibly an indication Kim is making good on pledges to suspend long-range missile development. "@FoxNews This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea".

"All Koreans should join forces to accomplish unification in our generation", the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper wrote in an editorial.

Leader Kim Jong Un waved to a hysterical crowd from a balcony.

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Kim presided over the parade on Sunday along with the head of the Chinese parliament and other high-level delegations from countries that have friendly ties with the North.

Since their June 12 meeting, which many in the U.S. and around the world have criticized as being merely a photo op without any substance, the two sides have held several meetings but also engaged in mutual recriminations over failing to make sufficient progress on the points ostensibly agreed to in Singapore.

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.

"Unification is the only way Koreans can survive."

At present, DPRK's socialist construction has taken on a new look in various fields as the country concentrates on the economic development and improvement of people's livelihood under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, Xi said.

The parade came at a delicate time, as Kim presses for a peace declaration to formally end the war North Korea and China fought against US -led forces from 1950-53. He claims to have perfected his nuclear arsenal enough to deter USA aggression and devote his resources to raising the nation's standard of living.

Washington is seeking the "final, fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea", while Pyongyang has only publicly affirmed its commitment to working towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, a euphemism open to interpretation on both sides.

Tickets to this year's spectacle started at just over US$100 and went up to more than US$800 per seat.

A State Department official wasn't authorized to comment publicly on the sensitive diplomacy between the US and North Korea and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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