Depardieu coy as North Korea celebrates 70 years with Mass Games

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and Li Zhanzhu, the head of China's National People's Congress, wave to the crowd.

We were in the massive square named after Kim's grandfather, the country's founding leader.

Kim chose not to make a speech at the event, with remarks instead being delivered by Kim Yong Nam.

"If Kim had shown ICBMs with Li watching the parade, it would have been a huge embarrassment to Xi", said Shin Beom-chul, a senior researcher at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Delegations from countries such as Syria, Vietnam and nations across Africa that have friendly relations with the North sent delegations.

Almost 300 days have now passed since Kim launched a missile - and there fears that could all come crashing down with a test today to marking the founding of North Korea by Kim's granddad Kim Il-Sung.

Too militaristic a display could risk upsetting the diplomatic dalliance on the peninsula, after Kim's Singapore meeting with US President Donald Trump in June and his third summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in due in Pyongyang later this month.

But given what we have seen in the past few days, the emphasis has been far more on economic development, science and technology, and modernization.

The anonymous source was described as someone who was involved in the regime's missile programme - and who had contacts within North Korea. "Much better than before I took office", Trump tweeted.

First, companies of soldiers goose-step through Kim Il Sung Square, then the material becomes steadily more intimidating, with tanks rolling past and aircraft flying overhead, until the program culminates with intercontinental ballistic missiles. Their images have mostly been done with mosaics and are featured in the hallways of most government buildings.

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The expert said said: "It is a day Kim Jong Un should reminisce the past 70 years of the republic, and it is an event where he has the pressure to offer a long-term statecraft vision that looks into more than 10 years that follow".

But you could see changes from years ago. He also oversaw the country's first successful nuclear test in 2006.

On Sunday night, we were invited to attend the Mass Games, another extravaganza.

This year's celebrations also mark the revival of North Korea's iconic mass games after a five-year hiatus.

The nation's second ruler was his son, Kim Jong-il, who steered the country through the collapse of the Soviet Union and Eastern European communism, and a series of devastating famines in the 1990s.

While experts do say that the absence of missiles in the parade was meant to avoid upsetting Trump, progress on getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons remains at a standstill.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet again later this month in Pyongyang and Kim seems determined to pursue economic development after his quest for nuclear proliferation prompted both the United States and South Korea to the negotiating table.

This was in stark contrast to similar parades held in April previous year and in February, when Kim Jong-un rolled out the newest Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 ICMBs.

Yet this year, following Kim's multi-polar charm offensive - which some pundits believe is a desperate strategy to break out of his global isolation, while others believe it is a a natural progression now that he has essentially finalized his nuclear deterrent - Kim and Xi have met three times.