President Donald Trump congratulates North Korea on its 70th anniversary of its founding, which the country celebrated with a military parade that was notable for its lack of deployment of nuclear missiles.
He is also promoting his close relationship with leader Kim Jong Un.
"North Korea has just organized its parade, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the foundation, without the usual display of nuclear missiles.The theme was peace and economic development." Experts believe that North Korea cut nuclear missiles to show President Trump … "the president wrote on Tuesday morning.
& # 39; … your commitment to denuclearize & # 39; This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea. Thanks to President Kim. We will both prove that everyone is wrong! There is nothing like the good dialogue of two people who like each other! Much better than before taking office, "he continued.
President Trump congratulated North Korea on its military anniversary
Trump is a fan of military parades and longs to have his own in Washington D.C.
He has also been promoting a show of faith by the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the last week as the loyalty of some of his assistants is put into question as a result of an anonymous opinion article from the New York Times that undermined his presidency.
North Korea released some of its last tanks and marched to its best-trained goose staging units at a major military parade on Sunday to celebrate its 70th anniversary, but retained its most advanced missiles and dedicated nearly half of the event to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy.
The strong emphasis on the economy underscores Kim's new strategy of putting economic development in the foreground.
Trump has praised the leader as an ally.
"Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims his unwavering faith in President Trump." Thanks to President Kim. We will do it together! ", Wrote the president on Thursday morning.
Trump is promoting the kind words of a despot as his west wing was in a collapse after a "top anonymous official in the Trump administration" wrote an outrageous opinion piece in the New York Times that described a conspiracy within the administration to prevent Trump from doing anything harmful to the country.
Kim's demonstration of faith came during a meeting with envoys from South Korea in Pyongyang on Wednesday.
He told them he still trusts Trump despite a collapse in negotiations between the two countries, according to reports.
Soldiers march in a parade for the 70th anniversary of the founding day of North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes his head as he attends a parade marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day in Pyongyang
Tens of thousands of North Koreans waving bouquets of brightly colored flowers filled the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang when the parade began. The residents of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, trained for months for the anniversary and held the bouquets of flowers to spell words and slogans that can be seen from the VIP viewing area.
Kim attended the military parade on Sunday morning in Pyongyang, but did not address the assembled crowd, which included the head of the Chinese parliament and high-level delegations from countries that have friendly ties to the North.
At the end of the two-hour event, he headed to the edge of the balcony with China's special envoy, Li Zhanshu, the third member of the Communist Party of China. The two held their hands together to symbolize the traditionally close ties of the countries, although the absence of Chinese President Xi Jinping could indicate that Beijing still has some reservations about Kim's initiatives.
Stateman Kim Yong Nam, head of North Korea's parliament, set a relatively softer tone for the event with an opening speech that emphasized the regime's economic goals, not its nuclear might. He called on the military to be ready to work to help build the economy.
After a truncated parade with tanks and some of the largest artillery in North Korea, less than the usual number of missiles and many goose units of all branches of the army, the focus shifted to civilian groups ranging from nurses up students and construction workers. many with colorful floats next to them.
The combination of military and civilian sections is a familiar North Korean parade format.
The last two major anniversaries of the founding of North Korea, in 2008 and 2013, did not include the Korean People's Army, only the civil defense units, which are officially called the Red Guards of Peasant Workers & # 39 ;
Although North Korea holds military parades almost every year, and had one just before the Olympic Games in South Korea began in February of this year, the Sunday parade came at a particularly sensitive time.
Kim's effort to ease tensions with Trump has stalled since its June summit in Singapore. Both parties now insist on a different starting point. Washington wants Kim to commit first to denuclearization, but Pyongyang wants to guarantee its security and a peace agreement that formally ends the Korean War.
With tensions once again on the rise, a parade with the same missiles that both puzzled Trump last year, and led to a dangerous barrage of insults from both leaders, could have been seen as a deliberate provocation. The North also refrained from televising the event immediately, although the North Korean media was in the process of filming it, displaying barriers and, possibly for the first time, camera drones.
Residents of Pyongyang who were unable to attend the square lined the streets around the city to cheer and applaud the convoys carrying the troops after completing the parade duties.
Participants applaud during a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea
North Korean soldiers march during the parade
The North Korean artillery rolls during a parade for the 70th anniversary
Soldiers parade during a parade for the 70th anniversary of the founding day of North Korea
The airplanes that form the number 70 fly in formation and fire flares
Soldiers parade in the parade
Shortly after the anniversary celebrations are over, Kim will meet in Pyongyang with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss ways to break the impasse over his nuclear weapons.
The & # 39; new line & # 39; Prioritizing economic development has been Kim's main priority this year. He claims to have perfected his nuclear arsenal enough to deter the US aggression. UU And dedicate their resources to raise the standard of living of their nation.
This year's celebrations also mark the rebirth of the iconic mass games of North Korea after a five-year hiatus.
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. The show this year, with entries from just over $ 100 and up to more than $ 800 per seat, also has a strong economic issue.
An unofficial translation of his name this year is & # 39; Our Shining Nation & # 39 ;.