North Korea spotlights economic development, not nuclear might, as it turns 70

Geneva Stokes
September 10, 2018

Also, the chairs and benches where Kim Jong Un had sat are now encased in glass.

The U.S. conducted 33 investigative and recovery operations in the country before former President George W. Bush's administration called off the search, claiming the safety of American participants was not guaranteed. 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. "Kim refrained from provoking China, while seeking to keep momentum for talks with the U.S.".

When the video was shown of Kim and Moon meeting, the crowd erupted in cheers. "He had promised a "grand celebration" of the foundation day, but there were not many things to celebrate on nuclear talks or economic development".

China's top legislator on Sunday presented a signed letter from General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese President Xi Jinping to Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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.

However, Trump days ago praised the North Korean leader, touting him for saying he wants to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula during Trump's first term as president.

In late August, Trump chose to cancel the trip of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang due to the lack of such progress. In the meantime, worldwide sanctions continue to eat into the North's economy.

Such set-piece dates are a mainstay of the North's political calendar, and have for years been opportunities to demonstrate progress in its quest for a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the United States. Trump needs to hold firm against that old dodge and force Kim into real, verifiable concessions first.

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President Donald Trump hailed it as a tangible outcome of his June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Despite efforts to tone down the parade, there is one remarkable image that has captured the worldwide audience.

Mr Kim was seen laughing and holding hands up with a Chinese special envoy as he oversaw the festivities at Pyongyang's main Kim Il-sung square on a clear autumn day. Delegations from countries such as Syria, Vietnam and nations across Africa that have friendly relations with the North sent delegations.

The combining of military and civilian sections is a familiar North Korean parade format. In the past, the event had been broadcasted live or aired later with recorded footage.

Grace Liu, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, said the low-key parade appeared to be aimed at maintaining a "relatively civil dialogue" with Seoul and Washington, especially given Moon's impending visit next week.

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

Its first ruler was Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of the current leader, and the man who launched the Korean War in 1950.

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