NKorea’s 70th Anni Parade “a big and very positive statement”
Sunday, US President Donald Trump saluted NKorean leader Kim Jong Un Sunday for holding a massive military parade “without the customary display of nuclear missiles” to celebrate his country’s 70th Anniversary.
“This is a big and very positive statement from NKorea. Thank you To Chairman Kim. We will both prove everyone wrong!” he tweeted.
“NKorea has just staged their parade, celebrating 70th anniversary of founding, without the customary display of nuclear missiles. Theme was peace and economic development. “Experts believe that North Korea cut out the nuclear missiles to show President Trump…” President Trump wrote in 1st Tweet.
“…its commitment to denuclearize,” he continued. ”
“Thank you To Chairman Kim. We will both prove everyone wrong! There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other! Much better than before I took office.”
Sunday, NKorea staged a huge military parade to mark its 70th Anniversary as a nation but held back its most advanced missiles and devoted nearly 50% of the parade to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy.
The strong emphasis on the economy underscores leader Kim Jong Un’s new strategy of putting economic development front and center.
Chairman Kim attended the morning parade 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 with the North.
Senior statesman Kim Yong Nam, the head of NKorea’s parliament, set the relatively softer tone for the event with an opening speech that emphasized the economic goals of the regime, not its nuclear might.
The parade’s focused on civilian groups, ranging from nurses to construction workers, many with colorful floats beside them.
Sunday’s parade came at a sensitive time.
Chairman Kim’s effort to ease tensions with President Donald Trump seemed to have stalled since their June summit in Singapore. Washington wants Chairman Kim to commit to denuclearization 1st, but Pyongyang wants its security guaranteed and a peace agreement formally ending the Korean War.
Chairman Kim will meet again in Pyongyang with SKorean President Moon Jae-in to discuss ways to break the impasse over his nuclear weapons.
The “new line” of putting economic development 1st has been Chairman Kim’s Top priority this year, and devote his resources to raising the nation’s standard of living.
The economy was also a big part of a concert held on the eve of the anniversary for foreign dignitaries and a large foreign media contingent allowed in for the events.
A State Department official confirmed Saturday that Secretary Pompeo has letter from Kim for President Trump.
President Trump said Chairman Kim’s recent statement that he wants to denuclearize NKorea during President Trump’s tenure as President was “a very positive statement.”