Kim Jong-un gets his kicks but rockets absent at North Korea's 70th birthday bash

Kim Jong-un gets his kicks but rockets absent at North Korea's 70th birthday bashNorth Korea on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding with a parade of goose-stepping soldiers, tanks and military hardware, but it held back on displaying its intercontinental ballistic missiles, believed to be capable of hitting the United States.  The parade was considerably more muted than the bombast seen in previous years and much of the mass public event was devoted to lauding civilian efforts to strengthen the local economy.  Analysts said the switch in focus and absence of the usual visual jingoism not only underscored leader Kim Jong-un’s strong emphasis on the economy but could also be interpreted as a conciliatory gesture towards Washington.  Sunday morning’s parade came amid stalled diplomatic talks with the US over the issue of denuclearisation. It had been feared that the appearance of advanced missiles would have been viewed as a provocation by the Trump administration and could have destabilised the uneasy détente that has existed since the two countries’ leaders met at a historic June summit in Singapore.   Washington and Pyongyang have reached an impasse over the starting point for disarmament. The US wants Kim to proceed with denuclearisation first, but North Korea wants its security guaranteed and a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War of 1950-53.  North Koreans wave flowers at Kim Jong-un as he surveys their procession from a balcony Credit: Ed Jones/AFP However, the stalemate has been showing signs of softening in recent days. On Friday President Trump told reporters on Air Force One that a personal letter from Kim Jong-un was going to be delivered soon. “I think it’s going to be a positive letter,” he predicted.  Earlier the president had tweeted his thanks to Kim for his “unwavering faith” in him, adding “We will get it done together!” in reference to denuclearisation.  Flare-up: aeroplanes forming the number 70 fly in formation Credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan “Kim and Trump are trading gestures to appease the US Congress and show to the world that the deal is on. And, indeed, the deal is on but Kim will not fully denuclearise,” North Korea analyst Loretta Napoleoni told The Telegraph.  Analysts have repeatedly warned that despite the current thaw on the Korean Peninsula, Kim has never committed to fully surrendering his nuclear weapons.  Korean People’s Army soldiers march across Kim Il-sung Square Credit: ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images Jeffrey Lewis, a nonproliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, tweeted that the understated nature of the Pyongyang parade indicated that North Korea “wants a version of the Israel deal.” He explained: “They don’t test nuclear weapons or show them off at parades; we pretend they don’t exist.” According to reporters at the scene, the parade was split into two sections, civilian and military. The military segment featured soldiers wearing uniforms from different periods of national history, then switching to civilian groups, ranging from nurses to construction workers alongside colourful floats.  Kim Jong-un clasps the hand of Chinese envoy, Li Zhanshu during the parade Credit: Ed Jones/AFP Kim surveyed the procession from a balcony in Kim Il Sung square, at times locking hands with Li Zhanshu, a senior envoy sent by Xi Jinping, the Chinese president.  Foreign delegations from Russia, Syria, Vietnam and African nations reflected Kim’s concerted push this year in terms of promoting his own personal diplomacy and trying to cultivate a more statesman-like image. French actor Gerard Depardieu was in attendance Credit: SEBASTIEN BERGER/AFP/Getty Images In a break from recent tradition, he did not address the crowd. Instead Kim Yong-nam, the country’s ceremonial head of state told the audience that North Korea had achieved status as a military power, and would now pursue efforts to strengthen its economy. A gala was held on the eve of the 70th anniversary Credit: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan The anniversary celebrations also mark the revival of North Korea’s iconic mass games after a five-year hiatus. The mass games involve tens of thousands of people performing precisely choreographed dancing in a symbol of national unity.   This year’s spectacle – tickets start at just over $100 and go up to more than $800 per seat – also has a strong economic theme.


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Chrome is getting a Material makeover for its 10th birthday

  1. Chrome is getting a Material makeover for its 10th birthday  Android Police
  2. Google wants to get rid of URLs but doesn’t know what to use instead  Ars Technica
  3. Google wants to change the way we interact with URLs  Engadget
  4. Version 69.0.3497.81 – Chrome Releases: Stable Channel Update for Desktop  Chrome Releases: Stable Channel Update for Desktop
  5. Google Wants to Kill the URL  WIRED
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Armond Latimore: Teenager shot dead on birthday an hour after posting on Facebook he was glad to have made it to 17

Armond Latimore: Teenager shot dead on birthday an hour after posting on Facebook he was glad to have made it to 17A teenager posted online that he was glad to make it to his 17th birthday after all he had been through. Armond Latimore was killed in broad daylight while standing outside a restaurant in St Louis, Missouri, on Saturday. In another he sent a message of support to Richard Antwon Donaldson, another St Louis teenager who has been charged with the murder of a 72-year-old man during an attempted car-jacking.


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