No long-range missiles, N.Korea military parade features floats and flowers

10 September, 2018, 12:58 | Author: Angel Logan
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This year is of special historic significance for China-DPRK relations, said Li, adding that the three meetings between Xi and Kim had ushered in a new historic stage of the bilateral ties.

Regarding the exact types of weapons displayed in the parade, the officials said further analysis is needed. We will both prove everyone wrong!

As the country launches a "new era" of reconciliation and worldwide engagement, Sunday's premiere in Pyongyang was the first Mass Games in five years and was a major part of a carefully choreographed weekend of events created to highlight Kim's diplomatic campaign and plans for economic development.

This year's celebration, however, did not feature the isolated nation's most advanced missiles.

Some defectors and human rights activists criticize North Korea's group performances, including the Mass Games and military parades, for glossing over the country's human rights record and placing extreme demands on performers, especially children. There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other!

The show did not specifically mention Kim's summits with U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but a huge, moveable display formed by thousands of school children spelled out slogans praising "multilateral foreign relations" in English and Chinese.

But too militaristic a display this time might have risked upsetting the recent diplomatic dalliance on the peninsula, after Kim's Singapore meeting with Trump in June and his third summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in due in Pyongyang later this month.

The trove of comments from Kim included a renewed commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and to the suspension of all future long-range missile tests.

The Games are making a comeback for the first time since 2013, . when the North Korean regime celebrated its 65th anniversary with the "Arirang Mass Games".

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North Korea holds military parade to celebrate 70th anniversary

The games are also a time-tested source of tourist dollars for North Korea.

A concert on Saturday night attended by the titular head of state, Kim Yong-nam, and foreign delegations featured little in the way of martial messaging or images, with only a few shadowy American bombers shown briefly in footage of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

This year's parade wasn't televised but the state media apparatus filmed it - even using drones with cameras.

For his part, Kim said North Korea adheres to the consensus reached at the summit and "has taken measures in this regard while the U.S. side should take corresponding actions to jointly promote the political settlement of the Korean peninsula issue", according to Xinhua.

The parade comes at a sensitive time in the region.

But that imagery was balanced with flowers and colored balloons, floats on the economy and unification, and spectators waving flags of a unified Korea, Reuters reported. Washington wants North Korea to commit to denuclearization, while Pyongyang is demanding security assurances and other concessions in advance of dismantling its nuclear arsenal.

This year's celebration also marks a return of North Korea's Mass Games, which involve tens of thousands of people dancing in unison in a display of national unity.

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.

Tickets to this year's spectacle started at just over US$100 and went up to more than US$800 per seat. He claims to have perfected his nuclear arsenal enough to deter US aggression and devote his resources to raising his nation's standard of living.

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