A portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is displayed on a large screen during a evening gala performance on the eve of the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day on Saturday. In this regard, China and Russian Federation should fully cooperate with worldwide sanctioning efforts and push North Korea to abide by the denuclearization obligations it agreed to in 1992.
Kim was accompanied by several high-ranking North Korean government officials, including president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), Kim Yong Nam, Premier Pak Pong Ju, as well as Ri Su Yong and Kim Yong Chol, who serve as vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).
This comes in marked contrast to similar events in April a year ago and in February, which saw the North display both its Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 ICBMs.
And there were no nuclear tests to mark the day, as has happened in each of the last two years.
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Hundreds of trucks carrying thousands of troops lined a Pyongyang riverbank in the pale light of dawn early Sunday, as nuclear-armed North Korea prepared to celebrate its birthday with a huge show of military strength. The military parades - overseen by leader Kim Jong-un, the third of his family to rule the country - are crucial to Korea-watchers, who observe them closely for clues about its latest military advances.
Beijing is its neighbor's key diplomatic protector and trade partner, and after years in the deep freeze over the North's missile and nuclear tests their ties have warmed rapidly this year, with Kim visiting China three times to meet President Xi Jinping.
"Display of military prowess has always been crucial in North Korean statecraft", Hong, the researcher, said.
"This trust, despite some difficulties surfaced during the negotiation process between the USA and the North, will continue", said South Korean special envoy Chung Eun-yong, who met with Kim in Pyongyang on Wednesday. "I think most observers expect them to avoid assertive or surprising or shocking signals along those lines".
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During the parade, people waved balloons, flowers and flags as goose-stepping soldiers, tanks and floats passed by.
"All Koreans should join forces to accomplish unification in our generation". This was said by the speaker of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina Matviyenko on the outcomes of negotiations with the North Korean chief, studies RIA "Novosti". First, they reveal the dominance of Kim....
U.S. officials have said such a declaration could weaken North Korea's incentive for denuclearization, and create uncertainty about the objective of 28,500 USA troops stationed in South Korea.
The events, especially the photogenic Mass Games, offer North Korea a chance to raise foreign currency from thousands of worldwide visitors pouring into the capital, at a time when tourism remains one of the few remaining reliable sources of income amid United Nations sanctions targeting 90 percent of its $3 billion annual exports.
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"The United States shouldn't delay any further an end-of-war declaration, which the U.S. president promised at the Singapore summit", the North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said.