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No long-range missiles, North Korea military parade features floats and flowers

No long-range missiles, North Korea military parade features floats and flowers

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 global community. Residents of Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, trained for months for the anniversary and held up the bouquets to spell out words and slogans that can be seen from the VIP viewing area.

With no long-range missiles on display, North Korea staged a military parade on Sunday focused on conventional arms, peace and economic development as it marked the 70th anniversary of the country's founding.

In recent years that has always included footage of the ballistic missile launches under leader Kim Jong Un that, along with Pyongyang's nuclear tests, have earned the North multiple sets of UN Security Council sanctions.

This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Wally Santana in Bangkok.

"Unification is the only way Koreans can survive."
"Much better than before I took office", Trump tweeted.

Kim, who was joined by Chinese special envoy Li Zhanshu, smiled and waved to crowds but did not make any public statements.

"As long as the US military stays on this territory, the unhappiness, suffering and catastrophe of our people will never disappear, and unification will never be realized", the North Korea group said.

"There was no display of ICBMs, IRBMs (intermediate-range ballistic missiles), which would really not have sat well with the whole idea that North Korea is committed to ultimate denuclearisation".

The last mass games took place five years ago.

Fireworks explode during the Mass Games at May Day stadium marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea's foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 9, 2018.

Although North Korea stages military parades nearly every year, and held one just before the Olympics began in South Korea in February this year, Sunday's parade comes at a particularly sensitive time.

The combining of military and civilian sections is a familiar North Korean parade format.

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 USA and North Korean leaders. But the only types of missiles displayed were short-range surface-to-surface missiles, a surface-to-air missile and an anti-ship cruise missile.

And as North Korea continued to defy the global community with both missile and nuclear tests, China's anger became evident as it both supported and implemented worldwide sanctions against its client state.

At the February parade, Pyongyang displayed what appeared to be intercontinental ballistic missiles like the Hwasong-15 missile, capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to any city on the U.S. mainland, in a thinly veiled threat to Washington.

Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, said under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, the DPRK has made great achievements in economic construction. "They ended with these huge rockets coming down the street".

The guide said Kim Jung Un "appreciates handsome women and wants North Korean women to be the most attractive of all". 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. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

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. This year's spectacle - tickets start at just over $100 and go up to more than $800 per seat - also has a strong economic theme.


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