North Korea parades long-range anti-tank missile carrier

09 September, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Washington sent mixed messages Thursday, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying the North still had an "enormous amount of work to do", while Trump thanked Kim and tweeted: "We will get it done together".

The procession also celebrated civilian groups such as nurses, students and construction workers in an effort to emphasize the country's economy.

North Korea, meanwhile, has deepened relations with China.

Meanwhile, the newly appointed US special envoy for North Korea will make his first diplomatic trip overseas next week in an attempt to restart negotiations over Pyongyang's nuclear program, the State Department announced Thursday.

With tensions once again on the rise, a parade featuring the very missiles that so unnerved Trump past year, and led to a unsafe volley of insults from both leaders, could have been seen as a deliberate provocation.

The last Mass Games were held in 2013, months after North Korea's third nuclear test.

Although North Korea stages military parades nearly every year, and held one just before the Olympics began in South Korea in February this year, Sunday's parade came at a particularly sensitive time.

North Korea's celebrations marking its 70th anniversary on Sunday are expected to showcase a country that has secured a nuclear arsenal and is now focusing on developing its economy and cultivating worldwide relations. Xi is sending the head of China's rubber-stamp legislature, Li Zhanshu, to Pyongyang this weekend to attend celebrations marking North Korea's 70th anniversary, ending speculation that the Chinese president would use the occasion to make his first official trip to the neighboring country.

North Korean military choir members sing during an evening gala on Saturday. "So I think it will be well received".

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During the parade, people waved balloons, flowers and flags as goose-stepping soldiers, tanks and floats passed by.

Trump's latest remarks came after South Korean officials said after meeting Kim in Pyongyang this week that the North Korean leader had given his first timeline for denuclearisation, in spite of widespread scepticism about his willingness to give up a nuclear weapons programme that threatens the United States.

The 1950-53 war ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, meaning USA -led United Nations forces are technically still at war with the North.

"Unification is the only way Koreans can survive."

The Pentagon estimates that almost 7,700 USA troops are unaccounted for from the war - among them 5,300 believed to have been killed north of the 38th parallel, which largely follows the boundary between North and South Korea.

The "new line" of putting economic development first has been Kim's top priority this year.

The games, called "Glorious Country" this year, feature thousands of North Koreans working in precise unison in the stands to create giant, elaborate pictures by flipping colored cards while thousands more perform gymnastic or dance routines in the playing field area.

"The United States shouldn't delay any further an end-of-war declaration, which the U.S. president promised at the Singapore summit", the North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said.

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