North Korea uses 70th anniversary to push economy, not nukes

Workers at a cosmetics factory in North Korea

North Korea staged a military parade to celebrate the country's 70th anniversary Sunday - but markedly missing was the regime's collection of long-range ballistic missiles or any mention of its nuclear program. "We will prove everyone wrong!"

"(China) hopes North Korea and the United States will implement their common understanding (made) in their bilateral summit and keep to the good trend of peace and dialogue", the Chinese official said, adding that China wants to play a "constructive role" in resolving Korean Peninsula issues politically together with other concerned nations.

There was no sign of the Hwasong-14 and -15 missiles that can reach the mainland US and changed the strategic balance when they were first tested a year ago.

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

Russian Federation and China both have land borders with North Korea and were its allies in the Korean conflict in the early 1950s.

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 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.

Joint U.S. -North Korean military search teams recovered 229 caskets containing American remains from North Korea between 1996 and 2005.

USA intelligence reportedly estimates that the North Koreans are on track to create five to eight new weapons this year, figures apace with the average of six weapons a year that they were constructing before the Trump-Kim summit. "Thank you To Chairman Kim".

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also used the parade to show off his friendship with China, raising the hand of President Xi Jinping's envoy as they saluted the crowd together afterwards.

"If Kim had shown ICBMs with Li watching the parade, it would have been a huge embarrassment to Xi", said Shin Beom-chul, a senior researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

North Korea was founded in 1948, after the peninsula had been divided by great power fiat at the end of World War II, prior to which it was a Japanese colony.

North Korean soldiers march during a parade for the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

According to South Korean President Moon Jae-in's national security chief Chung Eui-yong, Kim had said the withdrawal of US forces had "nothing to do with" the end-of-war declaration promoted by the Pyongyang regime.

According to the South Korean envoy who met with Kim Jong-un last week, the North Korean leader said his faith in Trump remains unchanged and he wants to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula during the U.S. president's first term. Gen. Michael Minihan, who is chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, and North Korean Lt. Gen.

Trump praised Kim for the parade's focus on growth and the reported lack of nuclear weapons, calling it a "big and very positive statement from North Korea" and taking credit for his efforts. The Arirang Mass Games are an elaborate propaganda spectacle with enormous co-ordinated displays.

Chung met with Kim this week in Pyongyang.

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