North Korea organized a military parade on Sunday to celebrate its 70th anniversary but avoided showing the intercontinental ballistic missiles that led to multiple international sanctions.
Soldiers, artillery, and tanks paraded before the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the center of Pyongyang. The only missiles shown in the parade were short-ranged.
The parade, of which the main details are still unknown, started at around 10:00 am local time and ended around an hour and a half later, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
Contrary to what is usual, North Korean media has not reported the event live. The regime has prepared for this event for months, as shown by satellite images, and invited a large number of journalists and foreign authorities.
This unusually moderate tone of North Korea can be interpreted as a gesture of Pyongyang designed not to spoil the chance of dialogue with the White House.
It is the first major North Korean parade since Kim and US President Donald Trump signed a joint declaration in Singapore pledging to work towards the denuclearization of the regime in exchange for Washington guaranteeing the survival of the regime.
The vagueness of this declaration, however, has complicated the negotiations between both parties in recent weeks.
Kim paid tribute to the figures of his father and his grandfather, Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung, to the Sun Palace of Kumsusan, in the resting the mummified remains of both.
In addition to the parade, Pyongyang has prepared other events for the anniversary, including the celebration, for the first time in five years, of the famous North Korean mass gymnastics show and lavish and multitudinous display that praises the regime and its achievements.
North Korea was officially established as a country on September 9, 1948, under the command of Marshal Kim Il-sung, grandfather of Kim Jong-un.