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North Korea turns 70: What to look for as pyongyang celebrates

For months, North Korea has been preparing a massive display of national unity and military might to mark the 70th anniversary of the country founding.
International journalists have been invited to watch a military parade as it weaves through the capital pyongyang on Sunday, a torch lit rally and the mass games a highly choregraphed event expected to involoved hundarads of thousends of people.
The Mass Games are making a comeback after a five year hiatus for reasons that are unclear.its is not a competitive evnt but a distincity north Korea piece of performance art similar in size and scale to an Olympic opening Ceremony.
North Korea is known for signaling its future intentions and policies by indirect and sometimes opaque methods, so expert will be watching events closely for insight in to what leader kim jong un and his top aides are thinking-especially as negotiations with the US over North Korea nuclear arsenal appear to have reached a deadlock.
These milestone anniversaries are an opportunity to give the people something to celebrate instill a sense of pride and they are also an opportunity to send a message to the outside world. said jean lee the director of the Wilson center korea center and a former pyongyang bureau chief for the associated press.
Kim has made 2018 a year of diplomacy personally meeting with the leaders of china south korea and the united states for the first times since taking the reins of his country in 2017.Later this month kim will host south korean president moon jae in for a summit in payongyang, another event that coulf factor into the theme of sunday festivities.
But major problems remain not least with regard to washington pyongyang relations just last month US secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled a planned trip to north korea citing insufficient progress on the issue of denuclearization.

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