No ICBM, Kim speech at North Korea military parade

No ICBM, Kim speech at North Korea military parade

No ICBM, Kim speech at North Korea military parade

North Korea staged a military parade to celebrate the country's 70th anniversary Sunday - but markedly missing was the regime's collection of long-range ballistic missiles or any mention of its nuclear program.

The Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim and his entourage - including his right-hand man Choe Ryoung-hae - visited the Kumsusan Palace of Sun.

"(China) hopes North Korea and the United States will implement their common understanding (made) in their bilateral summit and keep to the good trend of peace and dialogue", the Chinese official said, adding that China wants to play a "constructive role" in resolving Korean Peninsula issues politically together with other concerned nations.

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".

That includes an iconic mass games that Pyongyang is organising for the first time in five years, a huge, nationalist pageant performed by up to 100,000 people in one of the world's largest stadiums.

The economic theme was also prominent in the new mass games routine, which was markedly lighter in tone and more entertaining than in previous years, when it tended to be more dramatic and overtly political.

Li also handed a signed letter from Xi to Kim.

Xi said that he and Kim had reached important consensus during their three meetings this year, opening a new chapter in the development of China-DPRK relations.

The North rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units in Sunday's parade but held back its most advanced missiles and devoted almost half of the event to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy.

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.

"It's favorable to both of them, but especially to North Korea", said Choo Jaewoo, a professor of Chinese foreign policy at Kyung Hee University.

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.

According to footage broadcast from the scene by global TV news crews, no Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles were on display - a concession nearly certainly aimed at the United States.

Airplanes forming the number 70 fly in formation and fire flares during a parade for the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

During their meeting, Kim said he would denuclearize before US President Donald Trump's term expires, and expressed "unwavering trust" in Trump, according to Chung Eui-yong, South Korea's National Security Adviser, who headed the group of Seoul's envoys. "@FoxNews This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea".

USA intelligence assesses North Korea could produce five to eight new nuclear weapons in 2018, according to three current and former senior US officials.

That was the pattern established by Kim's father, Kim Jong-il - make a few public-relations moves and wait for the United States to pony up food, aid, and a relaxation on sanctions.

Sunday's parade came just days after a high-level South Korean delegation had returned from a meeting with Kim in Pyongyang.

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