Cheery Trump Tweets Contrast With North Korea's Steady Nuke Production


"This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea". "We will prove everyone wrong!"

North Korea did not display any intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at a military parade to mark its 70th anniversary, reports say. An end-of-war declaration would only be a first step toward an eventual peace treaty, but many in Washington fear such a declaration could be used to undermine the legitimacy of the US troop presence in South Korea. A South Korean envoy said last Friday that Kim told Trump he wanted to denuclearize North Korea before Trump's current term as president ends in early 2021, The New York Times reported.

In April 2017, as tensions with Trump were escalating, Kim paraded a series of missile canisters through Kim Il Sung Square that foreshadowed his later test of a rocket capable of reaching Washington.

".its commitment to denuclearize", he continued. So which is the story here - "dialogue between two people who like each other", or a toughening standoff? "Much better than before I took office", Mr Trump tweeted.

According to foreign journalists who...

Unlike his predecessor Kim Jong-il, the current North Korean leader has never been to Russian Federation.

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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.

A huge float was decorated with a modern train, solar panels, wind power plants and dams, under a slogan of "All our might to build economy!", as North Korean men in construction work wear marched.

The parade came amid stalled diplomatic talks with the United States over the issue of denuclearisation.

President Donald Trump hailed it as a tangible outcome of his June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Both sides are now insisting on a different starting point.

Pyongyang now claims that it wants its security guaranteed and a peace agreement formally ending the Korean War in place before it will get rid of its nuclear warheads.

With tensions once again on the rise, a parade featuring the very missiles that so unnerved Trump previous year, and led to a risky volley of insults from both leaders, could have been seen as a deliberate provocation.

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Kim visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where his father and grandfather lie embalmed, with top officials for the first time since 2012, according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency. 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.

It also brought the mass games back after a five-year hiatus.

Performers take part in the Arirang Mass Games at the May Day stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept. 9, 2018.

A concert was held on the eve of the anniversary for foreign dignitaries and a large foreign media contingent allowed in for the events.

Afterwards Kim and Li saluted the cheering crowd, the North Korean raising his guest's hand into the air.

The worldwide coalition, which includes military ships from the U.S., UK, France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea, has already been patrolling the waters for several months, but there is now an effort to "go active", according to one senior USA official, meaning the coalition would begin to publicly denounce individuals who violate the sanctions at sea.

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