North Korea turns 70: Celebrations then and now

People taking part in a concert at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on Saturday

Tens of thousands of North Koreans waved colored plastic bouquets in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square and held them up to spell out words and slogans as tanks and artillery rolled by.

With Xi officially out, no major world leaders were expected to join in, though delegations from countries such as Syria, Vietnam and nations across Africa that have friendly relations with the North sent high-level delegations. The games are a grand spectacle that features almost 20,000 people flipping placards in unison to create huge mosaics as thousands more perform gymnastics or dance in formation on the competition area of Pyongyang's 150,000-seat May Day Stadium. His speech focused largely on the regime's achievement of military power and its focus on economic development, according to news reports.

Visiting media representatives in recent days have been invited to tour cutting-edge facilities and historical sites, as Kim has pledged to boost the country's economy instead of developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Trump tweeted. "There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other!"

Kim Jong Un presided over a tempered military parade Sunday, in the latest sign that he wants to revive stalled nuclear talks with the U.S.as he pushes for North Korea to rejoin the worldwide community. Both sides are now insisting on a different starting point.

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

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The officials said further analysis is needed to confirm what kinds of weapons - including intercontinental ballistic missiles - were displayed at the event.

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The parade allowed Kim to highlight themes of military accomplishment, national development, and worldwide engagement at a time when doubts are arising over his commitment to abandoning nuclear weapons.

As the country launches a "new era" of reconciliation and worldwide engagement, Sunday's premiere in Pyongyang was the first Mass Games in five years and was a major part of a carefully choreographed weekend of events created to highlight Kim's diplomatic campaign and plans for economic development.

The parade came at a delicate time, as Kim presses for a peace declaration to formally end the war North Korea and China fought against USA -led forces from 1950-53.

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Mr Kim and Mr Moon will meet in Pyongyang on September 18-20 for the third time this year and discuss "practical measures" towards denuclearisation, officials in Seoul have said.

China's top legislator on Sunday presented a signed letter from General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese President Xi Jinping to Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

North Korea declared its establishment as an individual state in 1948 following Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation in 1945. He claims to have perfected his nuclear arsenal enough to deter USA aggression and devote his resources to raising the nation's standard of living.

News 1 reported Friday there have been talks between Pyongyang and the United Nations Command to cooperate on the excavation of USA military remains on the North's side of Panmunjom.

Talmadge is the AP's Pyongyang bureau chief.

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