Cheery Trump Tweets Contrast With North Korea's Steady Nuke Production

Korean People's Army soldiers march during a military parade and mass rally on Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang

North Korea staged a military parade to celebrate the country's 70th anniversary Sunday - but markedly missing was the regime's collection of long-range ballistic missiles or any mention of its nuclear program. "We will both prove everyone wrong!"

Mr Trump thanked "Chairman Kim" and said: "There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other".

Just seven months ago, a similar parade was held in the same square on the eve of the Winter Olympics in neighboring South Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yo-jong appeared in public for the first time in three months.

Washington is seeking the "final, fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea", while Pyongyang has only publicly affirmed its commitment to working towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, a euphemism open to interpretation on both sides.

People wave plastic flowers and flags during a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea's foundation in Pyongyang, North Korea.

US intelligence reportedly estimates that the North Koreans are on track to create five to eight new weapons this year, figures apace with the average of six weapons a year that they were constructing before the Trump-Kim summit.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un told an envoy of Chinese president Xi Jinping that North Korea is upholding the denuclearisation agreement it reached with the United States this year, China's state broadcaster said.

Mr Li also said his visit aims to implement the important consensus between Mr Xi and Mr Kim, enhance high-level strategic communication, carry out friendly exchanges in various fields and have in-depth exchanges of views on further development of the traditional friendship so as to create a better future for the China-North Korea ties, Xinhua reported.

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The decision not to include the missiles came days after Kim expressed faith in Trump's efforts to settle a nuclear impasse between the two countries, according to South Korean officials who met with the North Korean leader on Thursday.

USA intelligence assesses North Korea could produce five to eight new nuclear weapons in 2018, according to three current and former senior US officials.

"As long as the USA military stays on this territory, the unhappiness, suffering and catastrophe of our people will never disappear, and unification will never be realized", the North Korea group said.

The theme for the celebrations this year was economic development and unifying the Korean peninsula, divided since World War Two.

Matvienko said Kim Jong Un had been polite and diplomatic in his remarks about U.S. President Donald Trump, RIA reported.

This November 29, 2017, file image provided by the North Korean government on November 30, 2017, shows firing of what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

That was the pattern established by Kim's father, Kim Jong-il - make a few public-relations moves and wait for the USA to pony up food, aid, and a relaxation on sanctions.

During the event, a video was played of Kim meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The mass games, dubbed "Shining Fatherland", featured everything from a display of drones flying in formation to fireworks, lasers, circus-style performances and at one point hundreds of martial artists doing taekwondo.

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