State Department confirms Pompeo received letter from Kim to Trump

Two Koreas agree to hold September summit in Pyongyang: Seoul

China's third highest ranking official Li Zhanshu (left) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wave to the crowd during a parade celebrating the North Korea's National Day and the 70th anniversary of its Foundation in Pyongyang, on Sept 9, 2018.

After a truncated parade featuring tanks and some of its biggest artillery, fewer than the usual number of missiles and lots of goose-stepping units from all branches of the military, the focus switched to civilian groups ranging from nurses to students to construction workers, many with colorful floats beside them.

Trump in late August cancelled a planned trip to Pyongyang by Pompeo over a lack of progress in North Korea's nuclear disarmament.

Unlike in previous years, there were no inter-continental missiles on display. The two Koreas agreed in back 1992 to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, deciding not to test, manufacture, produce, receive, possess, store, deploy, or use nuclear weapons and also not to possess reprocessing or enrichment facilities.

Kim was seen laughing and holding hands up with a Chinese special envoy as he oversaw the festivities.

Beijing is its neighbour's key diplomatic protector and trade partner, and after years in the deep freeze over the North's missile and nuclear tests their ties have warmed rapidly this year, with Kim visiting China three times to meet President Xi Jinping.

North Korean military choir members sing during an evening gala on Saturday. "I think it's being brought in by Mike Pompeo", he added.

Quoting an unnamed government source, it said the pair discussed the joint excavation and repatriation of the remains of service members killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

Kim told South Korean officials his faith in Trump was "unchanged" and that he wanted denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an end to hostile relations with the United States before Trump's first term ends in early 2021, Chung said.

The military parade was North Korea's first since February 8 this year, when the country celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army.

"All Koreans should join forces to accomplish unification in our generation".

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".

The "new line" of putting economic development first has been Kim's top priority this year.

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

Global journalists have been invited to watch a military parade as it weaves through the capital Pyongyang on Sunday, a torch-lit rally and the Mass Games, a highly choreographed event expected to involved hundreds of thousands of people. 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.

"The United States shouldn't delay any further an end-of-war declaration, which the U.S. president promised at the Singapore summit", the North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said.

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