President Trump Praises North Korea's Toned-Down Parade

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"North Korea has just staged their parade, celebrating 70th anniversary of founding, without the customary display of nuclear missiles", Trump wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday, Efe news reported.

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!" Trump tweeted. "There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other!"

The newest intelligence shows Kim's regime has escalated efforts to hide its nuclear activity, according to three senior US officials.

The strong emphasis on the economy underscores leader Kim Jong Un's new strategy of putting economic development front and center.

Later on Sunday, the celebrations will continue with the opening of what are known as North Korea's Mass Games, a synchronized display of gymnastics and dance performed by tens of thousands of people working in unison.

Yet despite the impressive hardware and manpower that was rolled out, the brilliantly synchronized event seemed more about diplomacy than firepower - and earned the plaudits of none other than US President Donald Trump.

In the meeting with Mr Kim, Mr Li also reiterated China's commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, according to the report, reported Yonhap.

I've seen many military parades around the world, but nothing that rivals the spectacle of Sunday's parade in Pyongyang.

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

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) waves with China's Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Li Zhanshu (L) from a balcony of the Grand People's House on Kim Il Sung square following military parade and mass rally on September 9, 2018.

The message from the group, that directs its propaganda mainly at the South, included a condemnation of the United States for the "most barbaric massacre" during the 1950-53 Korean War.

The comments stand in stark contrast to North Korea's recent claims of denuclearisation following Kim meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and summits with Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

This November 29, 2017, file image provided by the North Korean government on November 30, 2017, shows firing of what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location in North Korea. 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.

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

The third-highest ranking Chinese official was in Pyongyang to attend a massive parade the following day marking the North's 70th founding anniversary.

The mass games, dubbed "Shining Fatherland", featured everything from a display of drones flying in formation to fireworks, lasers, circus-style performances and at one point hundreds of martial artists doing taekwondo.

Chung met with Kim this week in Pyongyang.

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