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North Korea holds enormous parade to celebrate 70th anniversary

North Korea holds enormous parade to celebrate 70th anniversary

North Korea’s leader waved to the crowd hand in hand with Li Zhanshu, one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s closest advisers. Kim Jong Un has hosted a huge military parade, two hours of demonstration of the modern country’s power, SkyNews reported.

— the first since negotiations with the US over denuclearisation began in earnest — as the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding.

Previous public parades have included nuclear missile launchers, but they did not feature during Sunday’s celebration in Pyongyang — a clear sign that leader Kim Jong Un did not want to cause diplomatic provocation as negotiations continue.

‘North Korea upholds the consensus of the Singapore meeting between the leaders of North Korea and the United States and has taken steps for it and hopes the United States takes corresponding steps, to jointly promote the political resolution process for the peninsula issue,’ the report paraphrased Kim as saying.

‘North Korea upholds the consensus of the Singapore meeting between the leaders of North Korea and the United States and has taken steps for it and hopes the United States takes corresponding steps, to jointly promote the political resolution process for the peninsula issue,’

the report paraphrased Kim as saying.

North Korea’ military parade was a really gorgeous event

At the end of the parade, Mr Kim waved to the crowd hand in hand with Li Zhanshu, one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s closest advisers — a sign of ever-closer relations between the two countries, and an indication this display was also intended for a global, diplomatic audience.

Mr Xi has congratulated Kim Jong Un and North Korea on the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding, hailing it once again as the «new historical period» that the country was entering.

The parade was nevertheless a huge affair, lasting about two hours.