Kim Jong-un, apparently emotional, apologized for failing to improve the lives of North Koreans. In an address on Saturday in an unprecedented preceding military parade, which showcased the country’s long-range ballistic missiles for the first time in two years.
The country marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party with an imprint of celebrations and festivals, and the ceremony was seen around the region as a ceremony where Kim can deliver a message to domestic and foreign audiences.
The parade depicted North Korea’s ballistic missiles for the first time since Kim began meeting with international leaders, including US President Donald Trump, in 2018.
Kim said, “We will continue to build our national defense power and self-defense war detention, but have vowed that the country’s military power will not be used first.” He made no direct reference to the United States or the now stalled nuclear talks.
Kim blamed international sanctions, typhoons and coronaviruses for stopping him on promises of economic progress.
He said, “I feel ashamed that I could never repay you properly for your heavy trust.” “My efforts and devotion were not enough to bring our people out of hard livelihoods.”
At times emotional, Kim thanked the military for working hard to respond to the series that damaged summer typhoons, and to prevent the outbreak of coronovirus.
Kim said he is grateful that not a single North Korean tested positive for the disease, which South Korea and the United States have confirmed earlier.
Seoul and Washington officials had said the North could unveil new strategic weapons. Initial footage of the parade showed traditional soldiers marching in formation and ballistic missiles appeared on vehicles.
The video shows Kim posing as a watch at midnight. Wearing a gray suit and tie, they waved to the crowd and accepted flowers from the children, while military officials surrounded Pyongyang’s recently renovated Kim Il Sung Square.
Kim said he hoped North and South Korea would join hands again after the coronovirus crisis was over.
While attendees at other holiday events were shown wearing masks, none appeared wearing masks in the parade.
This incident takes strong steps against the coronovirus as an isolated country.
State media said that Kim has delayed some major economic and construction projects, which are already due to international sanctions.
“This is an impressively large gathering during a global epidemic, with North Korean officials suggesting that the COVID-19 superspreader with political history and national morale is more concerned with preventing the incident,” said Leaf-Eric Issley, who Eva teaches at Seoul University in Seoul. .
Earlier in the day, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of South Korea said that South Korea and US intelligence officials were closely monitoring the developments.
This was the first time that the parade was held before dawn.
South Korean officials said this week that Kim could use the incident as a “low intensity” show on November 3 before the US presidential election, as denuclearization talks with Washington stalled.
Commercial satellite imagery for weeks has shown thousands of North Korean soldiers practicing marching, and South Korean officials have said the North will unveil a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), or a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. Can use the parade.
Foreign diplomats in Pyongyang have often been invited to witness past ceremonies. But the Russian embassy said on social media that this year all diplomatic missions have been advised to refuse “as much as possible” from traveling in the city, arriving at the scene and taking photos and videos.
In a congratulatory message to Kim for the anniversary, Chinese President Xi Jinping said he intended to “defend, consolidate and develop” relations with North Korea, its state media said on Saturday.
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