Depardieu coy as North Korea celebrates 70 years with Mass Games

North and South Korea to hold summit in Pyongyang between September 18 and 20

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he is expecting a "positive" letter from the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un.

While it remains to be seen what kind of weaponry will be rolled out Sunday, North Korea is clearly trying to switch its emphasis away from just military power to its efforts to improve the country's domestic economy. "North Korea has incentives not to alarm or shock this administration too".

During the planned talks, Chung will share some details about his one-day trip to the communist country this week as part of a five-member delegation, as well as his telephone talks with his USA counterpart John Bolton, according to the officials of the presidential office.

There was no sign of the Hwasong-14 and -15 missiles that can reach the mainland United States and changed the strategic balance when they were first tested previous year.

This year's celebrations also mark the revival of North Korea's iconic mass games after a five-year hiatus.

North Korea's celebrations marking its 70th anniversary on Sunday are expected to showcase a country that has secured a nuclear arsenal and is now focusing on developing its economy and cultivating global relations.

The displays - overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, the third member of his family to rule the country - are crucial to Korea-watchers, who observe them closely for clues about its latest advances.

North Korea showcased its latest weaponry and best goose-stepping soldiers Sunday as the reclusive nation marked its 70 anniversary with a military parade at a time when it is under worldwide pressure to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

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Kim will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in the coming weeks to discuss a path toward denuclearization.

"All Koreans should join forces to accomplish unification in our generation", said an editorial in North Korea's party newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

North Korea said active support from all United Nations members to implement the declaration "would exert great encouragement to the dramatic changes towards relaxation of the tension and the peace on (the) Korean peninsula".

In April, Kim declared that the North's development of nuclear weapons had been completed and "socialist economic construction" would be the new strategic priority.

United States officials have said such a declaration could weaken North Korea's incentive for denuclearization, and create uncertainty about the goal of 28,500 United States troops stationed in South Korea.

The games, called "Glorious Country" this year, feature thousands of North Koreans working in precise unison in the stands to create giant, elaborate pictures by flipping colored cards while thousands more perform gymnastic or dance routines in the playing field area.

Kim and Xi met three times in China this year as the two countries seek to fix relations frayed by North Korea's nuclear activities and Beijing's backing of United Nations sanctions against its Cold War-era ally.

A concert on Saturday night attended by the titular head of state, Kim Yong Nam, and foreign delegations featured little in the way of martial messaging or images, with only a few shadowy American bombers shown briefly in footage of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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