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(2nd LD) N. Korea did not showcase ICBMs during military parade: report

All Headlines 13:31 September 09, 2018

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SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea did not showcase intercontinental ballistic missiles during a military parade staged Sunday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding, a foreign media report showed.

The AFP reported that the North held the event presided over by its leader Kim Jong-un but "refrained from showing off the intercontinental ballistic missiles."

"Troops, artillery and tanks made their way past leader Kim Jong Un in the centre of Pyongyang, but the largest missiles shown were short-range battlefield devices," it added.

Japan's Kyodo News Agency also reported that Kim watched the event from a viewing stand but noted that he did not make any comments.

A group of foreign journalists were invited to witness diverse celebratory events, including the military parade.

What kind of weapons the North displayed and what messages, if any, leader Kim delivered are garnering keen attention amid stalemated nuclear talks between the North and the United States.

Earlier, an intelligence source said that the North's military parade was over in the morning and an analysis is under way to determine the weapons on display and Kim's attendance.

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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