North Korea staged a military parade on Sunday focused on conventional arms, peace and economic development, to mark the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding.
With no long-range missiles on display, lineupon line of soldiers and columns of tanks shook the ground before giving way to chanting crowds waving flags and flowers.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a special envoy from China,Chinese parliament chief Li Zhanshu, as well as other visiting foreigners that the country was focusing on economic development and hopes to learn from China’s experience in this regard.
“North Korea upholds the consensus of the Singapore meeting between the leaders of North Korea and the United States and has taken steps for it and hopes the United States takes corresponding steps, to jointly promote the political resolution process for the peninsula issue,” a report by Chinese television reported Kim as saying.
The parade highlight themes of military accomplishment, national development, and international engagement at a time when doubts are arising over Kim’s commitment to abandoning nuclear weapons.