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No ICBMs shown in N. Korea military parade: reports

Seoul, Sept. 9 (BNA): North Korea did not showcase intercontinental ballistic missiles during a military parade staged today to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding, media reports showed.


Leader Kim Jong-un presided over the event at Kim Il-sung Square in central Pyongyang but did not give an address, according to reports.


The North appeared to tone down the parade, which was previously used to show its latest military might, amid previously stalled nuclear talks with the United States, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.


"The largest missiles shown in the parade were short-range battlefield devices."

A group of foreign journalists were invited to witness celebratory events in Pyongyang, Yonhap said citing AFP.

During a military parade staged in February to celebrate the launch of its military, North Korea displayed ICBM-level missiles, including the Hwasong-15.


Today's event put less emphasis on tanks, missiles and soldiers than on civilian groups, such as nurses and construction workers.

Kim was flanked by other senior officials, including Kim Yong-nam, the North's nominal head of state, who delivered an opening speech, which focused on economic development.


The North's media stayed mum on the event, which is the first of its kind since Kim held a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in June.


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BNA 0727 GMT 2018/09/09