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N Korea recommits to denuclearising Korean peninsula

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he is expecting a "positive" letter from the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims "unwavering faith in President Trump".

Marking anniversaries with spectacular rallies or other events is a North Korean tradition, but this one is especially important because it comes as leader Kim Jong Un is trying to establish himself as a powerful player on the world stage and gain global acceptance of North Korea as a nuclear weapons state.

However, there has been no indication that Kim has offered more concrete steps toward giving up his nuclear weapons and some US officials privately doubt he is willing to abandon the arsenal.

Mr. Trump said there was still reason to be optimistic. "We will get it done together!"

Kim's expression of confidence in Trump, relayed by Seoul's envoy, prompted the United States president to tweet out his thanks to the North Korean leader and vow to "get it done together".

North Korea's state-run media published Friday what it said was an "indictment" by its South Korean wing, denouncing US forces on the peninsula and calling their withdrawal "the irresistible trend of the times".

The letter is likely to be delivered by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump said.

Pompeo, who is now visiting India, was a tad less enthusiastic.

"But on the other hand, North Korea is clearly been invested in and has been gaining benefits from these ongoing negotiations".

The last Mass Games were held in 2013, months after North Korea's third nuclear test.

"We haven't had any nuclear tests, we haven't had any missile tests, which we consider a good thing", he said.

US State Department representatives did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment about the details of the letter. It's not a competitive event but a distinctly North Korean piece of performance art similar in size and scale to an Olympic opening ceremony.

Dozens of military vehicles and goose-stepping soldiers paraded through the streets of the North Korean capital Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's founding, against a background of stalled diplomatic talks with the United States over the issue of denuclearization.

"The North Korean leader is primed to move in this direction, towards unification of the two Koreas", she said, adding though that "certain regional and extra-regional players are not interested in unification of the two Koreas as someone wants to use it to manipulate and hold positions in the region".

"It would not be very appropriate for Chairman Xi to appear on the podium standing next to Kim Jong Un under those circumstances", said Zhao Tong, a fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy.

Japan officially lists 17 nationals as having been abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s but alleges their involvement in many more disappearances.

All eyes are on whether Kim will make a public speech, and if so, what kind of message he will send as denuclearisation talks have reached an impasse since Singapore. Chung later spoke to Bolton and gave him a "comprehensive report", the NSC official said.

The development followed a recent halt in negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

North Korea "is the only country that has commitments under UN Security Council resolutions", he told reporters.

Less than a month after the war ended with an armistice in July 1953, Kim staged another military parade on the liberation anniversary.

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