President Trump Praises North Korea's Toned-Down Parade

Workers at a cosmetics factory in North Korea

PYONGYANG- With no long-range missiles on display, North Korea staged a military parade on Sunday focused on peace and economic development, filled with colored balloons and flowers to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's founding.

According to Xinhua news agency, Mr Li said that no matter how the global and regional situation changes, China's firm commitment to the consolidation and development of bilateral ties will not change.

High-level talks and visits have continued but the most recent scheduled trip by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was called off last minute and both sides have blamed each other for the stalling negotiations while insisting they're committed to the progress.

US and North Korean generals met Friday in the truce village of Panmunjom to discuss the next steps, a spokesman said, more than a month after 55 cases said to contain the remains of USA servicemembers were repatriated.

The North also refrained from immediately televising the event, though North Korean media were out in force to film it, deploying booms and - for possibly the first time - drones with cameras.

This year's celebrations also mark the revival of North Korea's iconic mass games after a five-year hiatus.

Li also handed a signed letter from Xi to Kim.

The North rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units in Sunday's parade but held back its most advanced missiles and devoted almost half of the event to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy.

While the United States and North Korea struggle to get nuclear talks back on track, negotiators moved forward with efforts to bring home the remains of more American troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

North Korea watchers look to these parades as a rare opportunity to read into the mindset of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and the message Sunday was a nod to diplomacy.

Kim spent the parade with a special envoy from China and other foreign visitors, Reuters reported.

USA intelligence assesses North Korea could produce five to eight new nuclear weapons in 2018, according to three current and former senior US officials.

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.

The theme for the celebrations this year was economic development and unifying the Korean peninsula, divided since World War Two. "@FoxNews This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea".

But while South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is due in Pyongyang for a summit with his North Korean counterpart from September 18 to 20, talks with the United States have hit a roadblock over who should make the next move.

The news of the North Korea-China exchange came after North Korea's dramatic gesture of good will as they celebrated the national anniversary ceremony with a toned-down military parade.

That was the pattern established by Kim's father, Kim Jong-il - make a few public-relations moves and wait for the United States to pony up food, aid, and a relaxation on sanctions. The Arirang Mass Games are an elaborate propaganda spectacle with enormous co-ordinated displays.

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

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