>> North Korea replaced long-range missiles with parade floats on Sunday, as it celebrated the 70th anniversary of the country's founding. That move underlying Kim Jong-un's stated aim to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Following recent meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and summits with US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Reuters' Josh Smith was at the parade.>> Of all the events that were going on this weekend to celebrate the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding, this parade today is likely the one that was most watched by the world. And now, negotiators in both South Korea and the United States probably breathe a sigh of relief because North Korea did not, as it has in the past, roll out some of its largest weapons, some of which are capable as striking as far away as the United States.
These, of course, are some of the nuclear and ballistic weapons that have led to international sanctions on North Korea. These, however, were not seen today. Instead, leader Kim Jong-un appeared with a senior Chinese official and he rolled out a number of parade floats that touted recent diplomatic and other engagements with South Korea.
>> So while there was still the familiar sight of goose-stepping soldiers and tank columns, there have been no nuclear tests, which accompanied the holiday in each of the past two years. Instead, floats like this one promoting economic development. Despite stalled talks, South Korean officials say Kim wants to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in Trump's first term.
Kim and Moon will meet later this month to discuss practical measures towards that goal.