North Korea Still Making Nukes, Escalated Efforts to Hide Production

North Korea Still Making Nukes, Escalated Efforts to Hide Production

Workers with paint brushes and brooms put the final touches on Pyongyang's iconic Kim Il Sung Square before North Korea held its biggest celebration in years - the 70th anniversary of the country's official birth as a nation. There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other!

There was no sign of the Hwasong-14 and -15 missiles that can reach the mainland USA and changed the strategic balance when they were first tested past year.

The parties are struggling to implement a 1-1/2 page document signed by Trump and Kim in June at the first-ever summit between sitting USA and North Korean leaders. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

In the meeting with Mr Kim, Mr Li also reiterated China's commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula, according to the report, reported Yonhap.

The strong emphasis on the economy underscores leader Kim Jong-un's new strategy of putting economic development front and centre.

North Korea routinely uses major holidays to showcase its military capabilities and the latest developments in missile technology.

North Korea has also been signaling cooperation with the United States.

It's all hail-fellow-well-met in public between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, but below the surface it's business as usual.

Li stood at Kim's right during the parade, underlining the marked improvement in relations between the neighbors this year, with Kim traveling to China three times to meet Xi.

At present, DPRK's socialist construction has taken on a new look in various fields as the country concentrates on the economic development and improvement of people's livelihood under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, Xi said.


The circumstances might have prompted Kim to demonstrate a "different attitude" from the North's previous military parades, through which the country has stunned the world with advanced ballistic missiles and bellicose rhetoric, analysts say.

North Korea was founded in 1948, after the peninsula had been divided by great power fiat at the end of World War II, prior to which it was a Japanese colony.

"All Koreans should join forces to accomplish unification in our generation", said an editorial in North Korea's party newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

Trump, who met with Kim for a denuclearization summit in Singapore in June, tweeted his gratitude to the North Korean dictator on Sunday.

This November 29, 2017, file image provided by the North Korean government on November 30, 2017, shows firing of what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

The parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea began with ranks of soldiers, followed by tanks, trucks carrying rocket launchers and heavy artillery.

Robert E Kelly, professor of political science at Pusan National University in South Korea, was responding to two tweets by the U.S. president in which he claimed credit for the absence of nuclear missiles in North Korea's 70th anniversary parade. 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.

Both the Mass Games and the military parade have been criticised by human rights advocates and North Korean defectors for the pressure placed on performers and for painting a distorted picture of the country through stage-managed displays.

During the event, a video was played of Kim meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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