North Korea begins to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its official birth as a nation with a great concert

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 with a great concert, and there was no a missile in sight.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed on September 9, 1948, three years after Moscow and Washington divided the peninsula among them in the last days of World War II.

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.

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. .

The celebrations began on Saturday night with a concert in front of an invited audience of several thousand people in the indoor stadium of 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.

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.

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.

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

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 ;.

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

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."

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