North Korea Still Making Nukes, Escalated Efforts to Hide Production

People taking part in a concert at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on Saturday

While North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units for the parade at Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, it held back its most advanced missiles and devoted almost half of the event to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy.

"North Korea has just staged their parade, celebrating 70th anniversary of founding, without the customary display of nuclear missiles". Li is a member of the Communist Party's seven-person Politburo Standing Committee, China's ruling council. "We will both prove everyone wrong!" So which is the story here - "dialogue between two people who like each other", or a toughening standoff?

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While portly leader Kim Jong Un was on hand, massive intercontinental ballistic missiles that the Hermit Kingdom rolls out for special occasions were absent - possibly an indication Kim is making good on pledges to suspend long-range missile development.

North Korea on Sunday kicked off a huge propaganda festival, featuring enormous co-ordinated displays unlike anything else in the world.

Kim will soon once again meet in Pyongyang with South Korean President Moon Jae In to discuss ways to break the impasse over his nuclear weapons.

Kim is emphasizing peace and the economy as a way to "create the momentum in the U.S". During the three months since the historic Singapore summit and Trump's proclamation that North Korea intends to denuclearize, North Korea has built structures to obscure the entrance to at least one warhead storage facility, according to the officials.

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 came at a particularly sensitive time. Kim got to the bargaining table in part by vowing not to resume nuclear tests, and he could use peace talks to legitimize his regime and get worldwide sanctions relaxed.

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Mr Kim attended but did not address the assembled crowd, which included the head of the Chinese parliament and high-level delegations from countries that have friendly ties with the North.

Chung met with Kim this week in Pyongyang.

Kim Jong Un and his South Korean counterpart Moon will meet in Pyongyang on September 18-20 for the third time this year and discuss "practical measures" towards denuclearisation, officials in Seoul have said.

The two reached the vague compromise in favour of "complete de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", but no timeline and details were agreed.

Analysts closely watched for pronouncements by Kim that could suggest a new challenge to the US or a willingness to compromise.

The last time she was seen out and about was three months ago during the U.S. The statement contrasted with Kim's remarks to visiting South Korean envoys Wednesday, when he said that declaring peace wouldn't require American troops to leave.

"Now that Kim and Trump have pledged to trust and respect each other, Kim wants to come off as a trustworthy and considerate partner to Trump", said Kim Dong-yup, a professor at Kyungnam University's Far East Institute.

Relations between Pyongyang and Beijing have gone through a rough patch in recent years, with China backing United Nations sanctions to punish its Cold War-era ally for its nuclear activities.

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