Workers with paint brushes and brooms put the final touches on Pyongyang's iconic Kim Il Sung Square before North Korea held its biggest celebration in years - the 70th anniversary of the country's official birth as a nation.
North Korea has long used parades to display the strength of its military, having most recently held one of February of this year.
This November 29, 2017, file image provided by the North Korean government on November 30, 2017, shows firing of what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location in North Korea.
The combining of military and civilian sections is a familiar North Korean parade format.
While North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units for the parade at Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square, it held back its most advanced missiles and devoted almost half of the event to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy.
Kim Jong-un celebrated the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding yesterday with an enormous parade of military strength that pointedly did not include the long-range nuclear missiles that provoked threats of war from President Trump a year ago.
Mr Kim also sent a message to Donald Trump, who tweeted his thanks in return.
Taking to Twitter to celebrate, Trump quoted a Fox News statement that North Korea passed on showing the missiles this year to demonstrate to him "its commitment to denuclearize", something which has been highly suspect at best.
- This report was updated at 8:41 a.m.
He also saidNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un helped "prove everyone wrong through good dialogue between two people that like each other".
Last year, North Korea displayed its long-range missiles for the world to see, unnerving the White House and prompting a fiery exchange of insults from both sides, leaving many fearing war.
But while South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is due in Pyongyang for a summit with his North Korean counterpart from September 18 to 20, talks with the United States have hit a roadblock over who should make the next move.
The North also refrained from immediately televising the event, though North Korean media were out in force to film it, deploying booms and - for possibly the first time - drones with cameras.
Mr Li had travelled to North Korea as a special envoy of President Xi.
The guide said Kim Jung Un "appreciates lovely women and wants North Korean women to be the most attractive of all".
Washington wants Pyongyang to move decisively toward dismantling its nuclear weapons program, but North Korea insists it first wants a declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War is over, as a way of helping guarantee its security and build trust. "Unification is the only way Koreans can survive", said an editorial in North Korea's party newspaper Rodong Sinmun.
No ICMBs were showcased in Pyongyang as the country celebrated its 70th anniversary on Sunday.
Xi said that he and Kim had reached important consensus during their three meetings this year, opening a new chapter in the development of China-DPRK relations.
Officials attend the ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of North Korea's foundation in this undated photo released on Saturday by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Ticket sales to tourists from China and Europe are reportedly brisk despite prices that start at 100 euros and go all the way up to 800 euros for VIP seating.
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