North Korea still producing - and hiding - nuclear weapons

North Korea still producing - and hiding - nuclear weapons

North Korea still producing - and hiding - nuclear weapons

A sea of spectators watched the parade as tens of thousands of goose-stepping soldiers and columns of tanks drove past a review stand where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took the salute.

Chinese parliament chief Li Zhanshu, who is in Pyongyang for celebrations marking 70 years since the founding of North Korea, was told by Kim that North Korea hopes the United States keeps to its side of the agreement, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Robert E Kelly, professor of political science at Pusan National University in South Korea, was responding to two tweets by the United States president in which he claimed credit for the absence of nuclear missiles in North Korea's 70th anniversary parade.

A North Korea expert has launched an astonishing attack on Donald Trump, attacking his "repugnant grovelling" before Kim Jong-un and saying that Pyongyang will never give up its nuclear weapons. "Much better than before I took office".

Since their June 12 meeting, which many in the U.S. and around the world have criticized as being merely a photo op without any substance, the two sides have held several meetings but also engaged in mutual recriminations over failing to make sufficient progress on the points ostensibly agreed to in Singapore.

The theme for the celebrations this year was economic development and unifying the Korean peninsula, divided since World War Two.

The North did show off a battery of big artillery pieces known as self-propelled guns that could be used to threaten Seoul, South Korea's capital.

Canadian David Ellsworth, from Kelowna, B.C., who has travelled to North Korea eight times, says he was "amazed" by the tone of Sunday's parade.

In his New Year's message in January, Kim had pledged to celebrate the country's 70th anniversary with "utmost grandness" after declaring the completion of nuclear capability and vowing to shift its focus to economic development.

The parties are struggling to implement a 1-1/2 page document signed by Trump and Kim in June at the first-ever summit between sitting US and North Korean leaders.


At the end of the parade, Kim and Chinese envoy Li locked hands and raised their arms to symbolize the countries' traditionally close ties.

Floats on unification also passed by a throng of North Koreans waving unified Korea flags.

A State Department official confirmed Saturday that Pompeo has letter from Kim for Trump.

They support North Korea's denuclearisation and abide by global sanctions against Pyongyang, but have rejected Trump's threats of military action made a year ago.

But while South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is due in Pyongyang for a summit with his North Korean counterpart from September 18 to 20, talks with the United States have hit a roadblock over who should make the next move.

The parade is being scrutinised for clues about North Korea's weapons arsenal and professed commitment to denuclearisation.

Airplanes forming the number 70 fly in formation and fire flares during a parade for the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Kim not only needs security backing from Beijing but help rebuilding his economy, which South Korea's central bank said slipped into recession in 2017. He claims to have perfected his nuclear arsenal enough to deter US aggression and devote his resources to raising his nation's standard of living.

During the event, a video was played of Kim meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Tickets to this year's spectacle started at just over US$100 and went up to more than US$800 per seat.

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