North Korea celebrated its national day with a series of massive spectacles glorifying 70 years of rule by the Kim dynasty Sunday, but held back on any mention of its nuclear weapons program – a possible signal of support for Pyongyang’s ongoing negotiations with the United States.
The day began with a smaller-than-expected military parade – which did not include the ballistic missiles believed to be capable of targeting the United States – and ended with the first Mass Games in five years.
An estimated 100,000 performers participated in Sunday night’s Games, a highly-choreographed propaganda spectacle in which participants act as human pixels, flipping colorful cards to reveal socialist messages that glorify North Korea.
Unlike previous years, the Games also refrained from referencing the country’s nuclear weapons program during the performance.
Experts speculated before the Sunday holiday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may choose not to showcase images of the country’s more advanced weaponry during the anniversary celebrations to avoid antagonizing US President Donald Trump.
President Trump tweeted a thank you to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Sunday night Washington time, noting the fact that Pyongyang chose not to showcase its long-range nuclear missiles in its morning military parade,
But some North Korea analysts believe the country chose not to show off its long-range missiles because Pyongyang believes its program is complete, so it no longer needs to flaunt the weaponry.
The day parade saw dozens of military vehicles and goose-stepping soldiers parade past Kim in the center of the capital, Pyongyang, as cheering crowds watched on.