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

N Korea holds military parade without advanced missiles

N Korea holds military parade without advanced missiles

PYONGYANG- With no long-range missiles on display, North Korea staged a military parade on Sunday focused on peace and economic development, filled with colored balloons and flowers to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's founding.

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. "We will both prove everyone wrong!" he tweeted. There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other.

The last time she was seen out and about was three months ago during the U.S.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yo-jong appeared in public for the first time in three months.

Before this year, the "blood-forged" alliance between Korean War allies China and North Korea had been looking shaky.

In June Mr Kim and Mr Trump signed a vague agreement to work towards denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula but it did not include a timeline, details or mechanisms to verify the process.

"That choice alone suggests Kim's intention to underline the seriousness of his "New Strategic Line, ' announced earlier this year that privileges the country's economic betterment after the 'completion" of the country's nuclear deterrent last year", said Ankit Panda, a strategic expert and adjunct senior fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's titular head of state, gave a speech at the parade in which he said the country had achieved status as a military power, and would now pursue efforts to strengthen its economy.

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

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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 new special US envoy to North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will travel to Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo for a weeklong trip starting Monday.

Despite the display of military might, which included tank battalions, rocket launcher and military aircraft that formed the number 70th above the square, there was no display of intercontinental ballistic missiles, something everyone was watching for.

The strong emphasis on the economy underscores the strategy Kim has pursued since January of putting economic development front and center.

The North did show off a battery of big artillery pieces known as self-propelled guns that could be used to threaten Seoul, South Korea's capital.

A parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea took place in Pyongyang on September 9.

Soon after Sunday's celebrations end, Kim will once again meet withSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in as the rival neighbors continue their efforts to improve relations. Kim was just above us, waving at the adoring crowds below, whose emotions seemed genuine as they sat in the hot sun waiting for a glimpse of their "Supreme Leader".

Both the Mass Games and the military parade have been criticised by human rights advocates and North Korean defectors for the pressure placed on performers and for painting a distorted picture of the country through stage-managed displays.

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