North Korea turns 70: What to look for as Pyongyang celebrates

North Korea turns 70: What to look for as Pyongyang celebrates

North Korea turns 70: What to look for as Pyongyang celebrates

While it remains to be seen what kind of weaponry will be rolled out at the parade, North Korea is clearly trying to switch its emphasis away from just military power to its efforts to improve the country's domestic economy.

Although Kim promised Trump in June to achieve "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in return for security guarantees from Washington, skepticism has been lingering about North Korea's intention to take concrete steps toward it.

South Korea's Yonhap News on Thursday quoted analysts who took Kim's remarks as a positive sign. "There is no need to display something new".

A large display of ballistic missiles would be widely seen as provocative.

Trump later responded by tweeting, "Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims "unwavering faith in President Trump.' Thank you to Chairman Kim".

He did not elaborate on the details of the talks, RT reported.

The U.S.'s newly appointed special representative for North Korea, former Ford Motor Co. executive Steve Biegun, was due to arrive in the region Monday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to the declaration at a summit in the demilitarized zone in Panmunjom on April 27.

Other North Korean officials and state-run media outlets have said negative things about a variety of other USA officials recently, prominently including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, right, raises hands with China's third highest ranking official, Li Zhanshu.

However, the current DPRK-U.S. talks have been stuck in an impasse due to their differences in the scale of denuclearization, U.S. sanctions, and whether to issue a war-ending declaration.

US intelligence officials are even more wary about Pyongyang's repeated commitments to denuclearize.

The enthusiastic comments came 12 days after Trump summarily canceled a trip to Pyongyang by his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, which was aimed at getting the discussions on North Korea's nuclear talks back on track three months after Trump's landmark summit with Kim in Singapore.

In previous, failed rounds of negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program, North Korea has said it could consider giving up its arsenal if Washington provides security guarantees by removing troops from South Korea and withdrawing its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from the South and Japan.

High level talks and visits have continued and there have been some gestures from the North like sending back the remains of some of the USA troops killed during the Korean War in the 1950s. It will be the first time that a Chinese leader participates in the annual economic forum hosted by Russian Federation.

The parade also provided Kim an opportunity to show off restored ties with his most important ally, China.

Although China provided crucial backing to United Nations sanctions past year, Trump has since accused Xi of relaxing pressure in retaliation over their trade disputes.

The United States, however, has said it is committed to building a peace mechanism if North Korea denuclearises.

North Korea has long sought a formal end to the war but USA officials have said an end-of-war declaration could weaken North Korea's incentive for denuclearisation, and raise questions about the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the three-year war.

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