Pres. Trump: North Korea Parade Is 'A Big And Very Positive Statement'

Workers at a cosmetics factory in North Korea

Image Workers at a cosmetics factory in North Korea

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.

High-level talks and visits have continued but the most recent scheduled trip by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was called off last minute and both sides have blamed each other for the stalling negotiations while insisting they're committed to the progress. So which is the story here - "dialogue between two people who like each other", or a toughening standoff?

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

The guide said Kim Jung Un "appreciates lovely women and wants North Korean women to be the most handsome of all".

Numerous tanks and other vehicles at the parade still bore a slogan on the front: "Destroy the U.S. imperialist aggressors, the sworn enemy of the DPRK people!"

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

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In April, Kim declared that the North's nuclear programme had been successfully completed and "socialist economic construction" was the new strategic priority.

The combining of military and civilian sections is a familiar North Korean parade format.

She also quoted Kim as saying he hoped for Russian backing in weakening USA sanctions on North Korea amid fears of World War 3.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (C) waves as he stands beside China's Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Li Zhanshu (centre R) during a "Mass Games" artistic and gymnastic performance at the May Day stadium in Pyongyang on September 9, 2018.

The decision not to include the missiles came days after Kim expressed faith in Trump's efforts to settle a nuclear impasse between the two countries, according to South Korean officials who met with the North Korean leader on Thursday.

While portly leader Kim Jong Un was on hand, massive intercontinental ballistic missiles that the Hermit Kingdom rolls out for special occasions were absent - possibly an indication Kim is making good on pledges to suspend long-range missile development. Instead, the country's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam addressed the assembled crowd with a focus on economic development rather than nuclear might.

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The theme for the celebrations this year was unifying the Korean peninsula, divided since the 1950-53 Korean War.

The parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea began with ranks of soldiers, followed by tanks, trucks carrying rocket launchers and heavy artillery.

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. The statement contrasted with Kim's remarks to visiting South Korean envoys Wednesday, when he said that declaring peace wouldn't require American troops to leave.

Noting that the 70th founding anniversary is a big event for the DPRK, Li said President Xi attaches great importance to the event and dispatched a delegation to Pyongyang to send China's warm congratulations.

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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