Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Long-range missiles missing from North Korea anniversary parade

Long-range missiles missing from North Korea anniversary parade

Mr Li Zhanshu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, gave the letter to Mr Kim in a meeting with him on Sunday (Sept 9) when he attended a military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding, according to China Central Television, Yonhap news agency reported.

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.

Tanks, artillery and thousands of goose-stepping soldiers still marched through Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, but the parade also highlighted Kim's professed commitment to shifting national focus from weapons development to overall economic growth. Another major theme was the reunification of the Korean Peninsula, carved into two by the Soviet Union and the United States after World War II.

But it was the absence of any advanced missile systems that caught the eye.

"That choice alone suggests Kim's intention to underline the seriousness of his "New Strategic Line, ' announced earlier this year that privileges the country's economic betterment after the 'completion" of the country's nuclear deterrent last year", said Ankit Panda, a strategic expert and adjunct senior fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists. Pompeo was scheduled to make the trip in August as a follow-up on a framework agreement that Trump reached with Kim Jong Un during a summit in Singapore this summer.

Foreign journalists in the North Korean capital posted Twitter photos showing parade floats with large slogans pushing economic development.

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.

It would be a three-stage rocket which would the largest of its kind ever launched by North Korea.

"All Koreans should join forces to accomplish unification in our generation". "Unification is the only way Koreans can survive".

North Korea has long used parades to display the strength of its military, having most recently held one of February of this year.

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.

Despite no agreement yet between Pyongyang and Washington on the denuclearization process the two agreed to at their landmark Singapore summit in June, and with Pyongyang demanding the United States agree to a peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War, there have, over the last week, been some encouraging signals.

At its last military parade in February, 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 USA mainland, in a thinly veiled threat to Washington. "Although trying to take the spotlight off of their nuclear program might mean that they're confident that their nuclear capabilities are fulfilling their goal of getting R.O.K./ the table".

On the Korean Peninsula issue, Li said that achieving lasting peace and denuclearization of the Peninsula accords with the trend of the times and the aspiration of the people. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Kim said Li's visit symbolized the deep friendship from the Chinese side and touched the WPK, the DPRK government and its people.

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