Kim Jong-un presents a huge parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of North Korea

Goose step soldiers parade carrying the flags of their regiment in the center of the main courtyard of Pyongyang

No long-range missiles on display, North Korea held a military parade on Sunday focused on conventional weapons, peace and economic development, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country.

Line after line of goose-step soldiers and tank columns shook the ground before giving way to the crowds waving flags and flowers as they passed a grandstand where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat with a special envoy from China and other visiting foreign

Kim said the envoy, the head of China's parliament, Li Zhanshu, North Korea was focusing on economic development and hopes to learn from China's experience in this regard, Chinese state television reported.

"North Korea maintains the consensus of the Singapore meeting between the leaders of North Korea and the United States, and has taken steps in this regard and hopes that the United States take appropriate measures to jointly promote the process of political resolution to the question of the peninsula, "the report said. he paraphrased Kim saying.

Goose step soldiers parade carrying the flags of their regiment in the center of the main courtyard of Pyongyang

Goose step soldiers parade carrying the flags of their regiment in the center of the main courtyard of Pyongyang

Also present during the huge parade squadrons of artillery pieces and tanks of Kim, but none of the ICBM launchers seen in previous years

Also present during the huge parade squadrons of artillery pieces and tanks of Kim, but none of the ICBM launchers seen in previous years

Also present during the huge parade squadrons of artillery pieces and tanks of Kim, but none of the ICBM launchers seen in previous years

Participants waving flowers as they parade in front of a balcony from where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was watching during the remarkable celebration

Participants waving flowers as they parade in front of a balcony from where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was watching during the remarkable celebration

Participants waving flowers as they parade in front of a balcony from where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was watching during the remarkable celebration

The short-range missile launchers were still on display and could be seen passing through, but there were no signs of past ICBM.

The short-range missile launchers were still on display and could be seen passing through, but there were no signs of past ICBM.

Missile launchers short range still displayed and you could see through the place, but there was no sign of the ICBM in the past.

Kim Jong-un himself observed the two-hour parade with Li Zhanshu, the closest adviser to a Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

Kim Jong-un himself observed the two-hour parade with Li Zhanshu, the closest adviser to a Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

Kim Jong-un himself observed the two-hour parade with Li Zhanshu, the closest adviser to a Chinese president, Xi Jinping.

The parade highlights issues of military achievement, national development and international commitment at a time when questions arise about Kim's commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.

Unlike in previous years, there were no intercontinental missiles on display. And there were no nuclear tests to commemorate the holiday, as has happened in each of the last two years.

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

But that has waned this year, underscoring Kim's stated goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and its recent meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and summits with US President Donald Trump in Singapore and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing and Dalian

The theme of this year's celebrations was the economic development and unification of the Korean peninsula, divided since the Second World War.

You could see Kim and Li greeting the crowd as the parade began on Sunday morning in the center of the historic city of Pyongyang.

You could see Kim and Li greeting the crowd as the parade began on Sunday morning in the center of the historic city of Pyongyang.

You could see Kim and Li greeting the crowd as the parade began on Sunday morning in the center of the historic city of Pyongyang.

Kim's invitation to Li points to a continuation of North Korea's attempts to withdraw its nuclear program and stabilize its economy through trade

Kim's invitation to Li points to a continuation of North Korea's attempts to withdraw its nuclear program and stabilize its economy through trade

Kim's invitation to Li points to a continuation of North Korea's attempts to withdraw its nuclear program and stabilize its economy through trade

Thousands of crack troops from North Korea were photographed marching in perfect line and rifles with bayonets attached

Thousands of crack troops from North Korea were photographed marching in perfect line and rifles with bayonets attached

Thousands of crack troops from North Korea were photographed marching in perfect line and rifles with bayonets attached

The goose-step soldiers march with their feet in the air as they pass beyond the central point of the parade ground during the ceremony

The goose-step soldiers march with their feet in the air as they pass beyond the central point of the parade ground during the ceremony

The goose-step soldiers march with their feet in the air as they pass beyond the central point of the parade ground during the ceremony

Hypnotic lines of soldiers formed a heterogeneous mixture of uniforms of different colors as they gathered to celebrate the anniversary

Hypnotic lines of soldiers formed a heterogeneous mixture of uniforms of different colors as they gathered to celebrate the anniversary

Hypnotic lines of soldiers formed a heterogeneous mixture of uniforms of different colors as they gathered to celebrate the anniversary

The full range of the armed forces of North Korea was shown in the parade on Sunday, with Navy troops joining their terrestrial counterparts

The full range of the armed forces of North Korea was shown in the parade on Sunday, with Navy troops joining their terrestrial counterparts

The full range of the armed forces of North Korea was shown in the parade on Sunday, with Navy troops joining their terrestrial counterparts

North Korean soldiers look towards the balcony where Kim Jong-un is sitting during the two-hour parade on Sunday afternoon

North Korean soldiers look towards the balcony where Kim Jong-un is sitting during the two-hour parade on Sunday afternoon

North Korean soldiers look towards the balcony where Kim Jong-un is sitting during the two-hour parade on Sunday afternoon

Soldiers of the armored corps of the North Korean army responsible for driving tanks marched with their distinctive helmet

Soldiers North Korean army armored body responsible for driving tanks marched with its distinctive hull

Soldiers North Korean army armored body responsible for driving tanks marched with its distinctive hull

The camouflaged troops carrying high-spec assault rifles and wearing full combat equipment were also on display during the parade.

The camouflaged troops carrying high-spec assault rifles and wearing full combat equipment were also on display during the parade.

The camouflaged troops carrying high-spec assault rifles and wearing full combat equipment were also on display during the parade.

The tanks pass through the center of the city with rows of soldiers that are placed right next to the armored vehicles.

The tanks pass through the center of the city with rows of soldiers that are placed right next to the armored vehicles.

The tanks pass through the center of the city with rows of soldiers that are placed right next to the armored vehicles.

Kim's female troops were attacked marching in their characteristic goose-step style through the streets of Pyongyang on Sunday.

Kim's female troops were attacked marching in their characteristic goose-step style through the streets of Pyongyang on Sunday.

Kim's female troops were attacked marching in their characteristic goose-step style through the streets of Pyongyang on Sunday.

Female soldiers from Kim's crack regiment march in time during the two-hour parade on Sunday morning as they paraded before their leader

Female soldiers from Kim's crack regiment march in time during the two-hour parade on Sunday morning as they paraded before their leader

Female soldiers from Kim's crack regiment march in time during the two-hour parade on Sunday morning as they paraded before their leader

Thousands of civilians followed the soldiers waving the flag of North Korea and crying in a show of emotion in support of their leader

Thousands of civilians followed the soldiers waving the flag of North Korea and crying in a show of emotion in support of their leader

Thousands of civilians followed the soldiers waving the flag of North Korea and crying in a show of emotion in support of their leader

Women dressed in bright colors held colorful banners held high in a remarkable display to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea

Women dressed in bright colors held colorful banners held high in a remarkable display to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea

Women dressed in bright colors held colorful banners held high in a remarkable display to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea

Photos of former leader Kim Jong-il were displayed while the stalls filled with senior military officers applauded during the parade

Photos of former leader Kim Jong-il were displayed while the stalls filled with senior military officers applauded during the parade

Photos of former leader Kim Jong-il were displayed while the stalls filled with senior military officers applauded during the parade

A huge carriage was decorated with a modern train, solar panels, wind power plants and dams, under the slogan "All our power to build the economy!", While the North Korean men in the construction work marched.

Kim Yong Nam, head of head of state North Korea, delivered a speech at the parade in which he said that the country had achieved the status of military power, and now continue efforts to strengthen its economy.

Fleet in Unification also went through a crowd of North Koreans waving unified flags of Korea.

& # 39; All Koreans must join forces to achieve unification in our generation. Unification is the only way that Koreans can survive, "said an editorial in the North Korean party newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

Kim Jong Un and his South Korean counterpart Moon will meet in Pyongyang from September 18 to 20 for the third time this year and will discuss & # 39; practical measures & # 39; towards denuclearization, officials said in Seoul.

A group of generals watch the parade in front of a giant sign celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea

A group of generals watch the parade in front of a giant sign celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea

A group of generals watch the parade in front of a giant sign celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea

Students go to a bus that transports foreign journalists after a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the day of the founding of North Korea

Students go to a bus that transports foreign journalists after a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the day of the founding of North Korea

Students go to a bus that transports foreign journalists after a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the day of the founding of North Korea

The parade was one of the largest ever witnessed in Pyongyang, as thousands of soldiers and citizens participated in the two-hour show

The parade was one of the largest ever witnessed in Pyongyang, as thousands of soldiers and citizens participated in the two-hour show

The parade was one of the largest ever witnessed in Pyongyang, as thousands of soldiers and citizens participated in the two-hour show

Confetti and balloons were thrown into the sky while civilians with North Korean flags marched in perfect order during the ceremony

Confetti and balloons were thrown into the sky while civilians with North Korean flags marched in perfect order during the ceremony

Confetti and balloons were thrown into the sky while civilians with North Korean flags marched in perfect order during the ceremony

Cohorts of happy civilians also took to the streets for the parade waving mini flags and carrying balloons in support of their leader

Cohorts of happy civilians also took to the streets for the parade waving mini flags and carrying balloons in support of their leader

Cohorts of happy civilians also took to the streets for the parade waving mini flags and carrying balloons in support of their leader

Hundreds of women dressed in blue and waving large red flags march in front of the crowd gathered on Sunday morning on the big screen

Hundreds of women dressed in blue and waving large red flags march in front of the crowd gathered on Sunday morning on the big screen

Hundreds of women dressed in blue and waving large red flags march in front of the crowd gathered on Sunday morning on the big screen

Artists who wore the colors of the North Korean flag were also present and formed a great mosaic effect with colorful banners

Artists who wore the colors of the North Korean flag were also present and formed a great mosaic effect with colorful banners

Artists who wore the colors of the North Korean flag were also present and formed a great mosaic effect with colorful banners

North Korean students carrying banners with slogans march on time while greeting Kim Jong-un in the crowd

North Korean students carrying banners with slogans march on time while greeting Kim Jong-un in the crowd

North Korean students carrying banners with slogans march on time while greeting Kim Jong-un in the crowd

As part of the celebrations, a concert was held on Saturday night in front of a guest audience of several thousand people in the indoor stadium in Pyongyang.

With three of the state's most important musical ensembles – the State Merited Chorus Army choir, the Samjiyon Orchestra and the Mansudae Art Troupe – a red grand piano took center stage.

In such events in North Korea artists usually play in front of a giant screen that shows the successes of the country.

In recent years, he has always included images of ballistic missile launches under leader Kim Jong-un, which, along with Pyongyang's nuclear tests, has given the North multiple sanctions from the UN Security Council.

What is Gerard Depardieu doing in North Korea? The controversial French actor is seen in Pyongyang

The controversial French actor Gerard Depardieu was seen in North Korea during the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the socialist state.

Depardieu, 69, was filmed by reporters in the lobby of a Pyongyang hotel on Friday, but refused to speak with reporters.

North Korea celebrated its 70th anniversary of foundation today, September 9, and the star of the green card was one of the spectators who saw each other in the crowd.

Participants cheered and waved flowers during the parade and military officers marched through Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang.

It is not known if Mr. Depardieu was in the capital of North Korea to participate in the festivities or as a guest

It is not known if Mr. Depardieu was in the capital of North Korea to participate in the festivities or as a guest

It is not known if Mr. Depardieu was in the capital of North Korea to participate in the festivities or as a guest

It is not known if Mr. Depardieu was in the capital of North Korea to participate in the festivities or as a guest, reports the Telegraph.

Oliver Hotham, managing editor of NK News, was present at the Yangakdo hotel for tourists and tweeted about seeing Mr. Depardieu.

He said that the actor: "refused to allow photos and one of his guys said & # 39; You will have a bad time if you persisted in trying to get an appointment from him.

However, Depardieu, who became the face of French cinema thanks to roles in films such as Cyrano de Bergerac, for which he won the best actor award at the Cannes film festival and was nominated for an Oscar, allowed Take a selfie at the airport.

The star posed with a member of a Turkish "friendship" delegation at the airport.

In August, prosecutors in Paris opened a preliminary investigation of a woman's accusations of rape and sexual assault against the actor.

It is alleged that the events took place in the Parisian house of Mr. Depardieu, an expanding mansion in the 6th district of the city, earlier this month.

French actor Gerard Depardieu (center) was seen in a military parade and mass rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea

French actor Gerard Depardieu (center) was seen in a military parade and mass rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea

French actor Gerard Depardieu (center) was seen in a military parade and mass rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea

The 69-year-old star denies the accusations "absolutely", his lawyer told the AFP news agency.

Depardieu has appeared in more than 200 films for more than six decades. He won a Golden Globe for his performance in "Green Card", a 1990 romantic comedy.

He made his name in the 1974 movie "Going Places," after which he enjoyed a meteoric rise and went on to act in powerful roles in classics, dramas and comedies alike.

In 2013, Depardieu sparked a major protest by leaving France and taking Russian citizenship in protest of a proposal to increase taxes on the rich in his homeland.

Russian President Vladimir Putin invited him to a dinner to introduce him to his new citizenship and Mr. Depardieu was later praised in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

The star of the green card caused controversy at the time of hitting his country of origin.

North Korea began celebrating the 70th anniversary of its official birth as a nation today with a big concert, pictured, before the main events of tomorrow

North Korea began celebrating the 70th anniversary of its official birth as a nation today with a big concert, pictured, before the main events of tomorrow

North Korea began celebrating the 70th anniversary of its official birth as a nation today with a big concert, pictured, before the main events of tomorrow

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed on September 9, 1948. During the concert this afternoon, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was projected on a screen while the musicians of the orchestra acted

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed on September 9, 1948. During the concert this afternoon, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was projected on a screen while the musicians of the orchestra acted

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed on September 9, 1948. During the concert this afternoon, the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was projected on a screen while the musicians of the orchestra acted

Although the army participated in the concert (photo: members of the military choir), there was a notable absence of images of ballistic missile launches.

Although the army participated in the concert (photo: members of the military choir), there was a notable absence of images of ballistic missile launches.

Although the army participated in the concert (photo: members of the military choir), there was a notable absence of images of ballistic missile launches.

In recent years, events have always included images of ballistic missile launches under leader Kim Jong-un, which, along with Pyongyang's nuclear tests, has earned him multiple sets of sanctions from the UN Security Council to the north. .

In recent years, events have always included images of ballistic missile launches under leader Kim Jong-un, which, along with Pyongyang's nuclear tests, has earned him multiple sets of sanctions from the UN Security Council to the north. .

In recent years, events have always included images of ballistic missile launches under leader Kim Jong-un, which, along with Pyongyang's nuclear tests, has earned him multiple sets of sanctions from the UN Security Council to the north. .

But in a dramatic turnaround on the peninsula triggered by the Winter Olympic Games in the South in February, the North is involved in multiple diplomatic fronts, even when the United States insists that it hand over its weapons.

After a meeting in June between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore and his third summit with South President Moon Jae, scheduled for Pyongyang later this month, North Korea wants to send a different message to the past.

Instead of missiles, images at Saturday's concert highlighted North Korean landmarks, from their spiritual birthplace Mount Paektu to the Pyongyang skyline, and economic development, with factory plans, steel mills and plentiful fields wheat.

Instead of missiles, images from Saturday's concert highlighted North Korea's landmarks, from its spiritual birthplace Mount Paektu to the Pyongyang skyline, and economic development, with factory plans, steel mills and plentiful fields wheat

Instead of missiles, images from Saturday's concert highlighted North Korea's landmarks, from its spiritual birthplace Mount Paektu to the Pyongyang skyline, and economic development, with factory plans, steel mills and plentiful fields wheat

Instead of missiles, images from Saturday's concert highlighted North Korea's landmarks, from its spiritual birthplace Mount Paektu to the Pyongyang skyline, and economic development, with factory plans, steel mills and plentiful fields wheat

Only a few short segments presented the military, with only conventional equipment on display. It seems that the North wants to send a different message to the past

Only a few short segments presented the military, with only conventional equipment on display. It seems that the North wants to send a different message to the past

Only a few short segments presented the military, with only conventional equipment on display. It seems that the North wants to send a different message to the past

The songs included & # 39; Socialism, I love you & # 39; and the first public presentation of a new ode to Kim Jong-un, & # 39; Be loved, our father & # 39; In the photo: the members of the audience see the concert

The songs included & # 39; Socialism, I love you & # 39; and the first public presentation of a new ode to Kim Jong-un, & # 39; Be loved, our father & # 39; In the photo: the members of the audience see the concert

The songs included & # 39; Socialism, I love you & # 39; and the first public presentation of a new ode to Kim Jong-un, & # 39; Be loved, our father & # 39; In the photo: the members of the audience see the concert

"The Supreme Leader visits all the families even at midnight and even at dawn," said the letter. "Hear everything that ordinary people say … We trust in your powerful leadership, which leads us to the future, Oh, comrade Kim Jong-un." In the photo: students performing at the concert

Every time Kim's grandfather, North's founder, Kim Il Sung, or his successors appeared on the screen, the audience broke into applause, with the greatest reserve for the current leader.

Every time Kim's grandfather, North's founder, Kim Il Sung, or his successors appeared on the screen, the audience broke into applause, with the greatest reserve for the current leader.

Every time Kim's grandfather, North's founder, Kim Il Sung, or his successors appeared on the screen, the audience broke into applause, with the greatest reserve for the current leader.

Only a few short segments presented the military, with only conventional equipment on display.

And in one, when the tanks rolled, the planes flew and the infantry marched, a message appeared at the top of the screen: "Military force ensures peace."

Moments later, the hardware was replaced by images of ripe red apples.

In April, leader Kim declared the North's nuclear program successful and said that the new strategic priority of the country would be the "socialist economic construction" & # 39 ;.

With three of the state's most important musical ensembles - the State Merited Chorus Army Choir, the Samjiyon Orchestra and the Mansudae Art Troupe - a red grand piano took center stage

With three of the state's most important musical ensembles - the State Merited Chorus Army Choir, the Samjiyon Orchestra and the Mansudae Art Troupe - a red grand piano took center stage

With three of the state's most important musical ensembles – the State Merited Chorus Army Choir, the Samjiyon Orchestra and the Mansudae Art Troupe – a red grand piano took center stage

In the picture: North Korean military cadets applauding during the evening gala earlier this afternoon

In the picture: North Korean military cadets applauding during the evening gala earlier this afternoon

In the picture: North Korean military cadets applauding during the evening gala earlier this afternoon

In the picture: soldiers of the People's Army of North Korea (KPA) leave after the concert before the country's official birthday tomorrow

In the picture: soldiers of the People's Army of North Korea (KPA) leave after the concert before the country's official birthday tomorrow

In the picture: soldiers of the People's Army of North Korea (KPA) leave after the concert before the country's official birthday tomorrow

The anniversary is a great occasion in the North, and it is being marked with a series of events that are expected to include a military parade and the return of the World Games & # 39; after an absence of five years.

The anniversary is a great occasion in the North, and it is being marked with a series of events that are expected to include a military parade and the return of the World Games & # 39; after an absence of five years.

The anniversary is a great occasion in the North, and it is being marked with a series of events that are expected to include a military parade and the return of the World Games & # 39; after an absence of five years.

The massive games involve tens of thousands of people holding posters or dancing in precise unison and are meant to be a show of national unity. In the photo: students performing

The massive games involve tens of thousands of people holding posters or dancing in precise unison and are meant to be a show of national unity. In the photo: students performing

The massive games involve tens of thousands of people holding posters or dancing in precise unison and are meant to be a show of national unity. In the photo: students performing

Every time Kim's grandfather, North's founder, Kim Il Sung, or his successors appeared on the screen, the audience broke into applause, with the greatest reserve for the current leader.

The songs included & # 39; Socialism, I love you & # 39; and the first public presentation of a new ode to Kim Jong-un, & # 39; Be loved, our father & # 39;

"The Supreme Leader visits all the families even at midnight and even at dawn," said the letter. "Hear everything that ordinary people say … We trust in your powerful leadership, which leads us to the future, Oh, comrade Kim Jong-un."

Early in the day the officials attended a ceremony (pictured) before the country's official birthday tomorrow

Early in the day the officials attended a ceremony (pictured) before the country's official birthday tomorrow

Early in the day the officials attended a ceremony (pictured) before the country's official birthday tomorrow

In the picture: officials applauding during a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea

In the picture: officials applauding during a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea

In the picture: officials applauding during a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea

In the photo: participants arrive in Pyongyang to participate in events during the weekend to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country

In the photo: participants arrive in Pyongyang to participate in events during the weekend to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country

In the photo: participants arrive in Pyongyang to participate in events during the weekend to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country

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