North Korea's mass games propaganda show

North Korea's mass games propaganda show

Clearly, he is all in on the peace deal with South Korea, although he has shown little movement since meeting with Trump in June on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Line upon line of goose-stepping soldiers and columns of tanks shook the ground before giving way to chanting crowds waving flags and flowers as they passed a review stand where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat with a senior envoy from China, as well as other visiting foreigners.

Mr Xi also reaffirmed China's commitment to reinforcing relations with North Korea.

The parade was more low key than a parade staged in April 2017 that featured an array of ballistic missiles, exacerbating tensions with the United States.

Yet this year, following Kim's multi-polar charm offensive - which some pundits believe is a desperate strategy to break out of his worldwide isolation, while others believe it is a a natural progression now that he has essentially finalized his nuclear deterrent - Kim and Xi have met three times.

Kim spent the parade with a special envoy from China and other foreign visitors, Reuters reported.

In his New Year's message in January, Kim had pledged to celebrate the country's 70th anniversary with "utmost grandness" after declaring the completion of nuclear capability and vowing to shift its focus to economic development.

North Korea on Sunday kicked off a huge propaganda festival, featuring enormous co-ordinated displays unlike anything else in the world.

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 USA -led forces from 1950-53.




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 third-highest ranking Chinese official was in Pyongyang to attend a massive parade the following day marking the North's 70th founding anniversary.

No footage of the parade has been released but news agency AFP, which had a reporter at the scene, and NK News, which had pictures from North Korean state TV, said no ICBMs had been seen.

Kim will soon once again meet in Pyongyang with South Korean President Moon Jae In to discuss ways to break the impasse over his nuclear weapons. Both sides are now insisting on a different starting point.

The North Korean leader and Mr Trump appeared to strike a deal to denuclearise the Korena peninsula earlier this year.

Past games have featured big stadiums filled with performers, synchronised gymnasts and co-ordinated dance displays. Washington wants Kim to commit to denuclearization first, but Pyongyang wants its security guaranteed and a peace agreement formally ending the Korean War.

With tensions once again on the rise, a parade featuring the very missiles that so unnerved Mr Trump previous year - and led to a risky volley of insults from both leaders - could have been seen as a deliberate provocation. He claims to have perfected his nuclear arsenal enough to deter USA aggression and devote his resources to raising his nation's standard of living. This year's spectacle - tickets start at just over $100 and go up to more than $800 per seat - also has a strong economic theme.

The return of the 55 cases fulfilled part of that promise, but USA officials are pushing to resume searches in North Korea.

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