US President Donald Trump held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort last Friday to push his case for China to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. They then spoke Tuesday by phone, in a call Trump described as “very good.”
However, days later, he tweeted: “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”
North Korea says it’s created a nuclear weapon small enough to mount on a missile, though many experts dispute that claim.
Day of the Sun
The Day of the Sun is a public holiday usually marked by grand military parades, mass celebrations and other large displays of national pride.
In recent days, North Koreans have been seen practicing choreographed dance routines in brightly colored national dress.
Before the event, foreign journalists invited into the country to report on the occasion were entertained by children at the Children’s Cultural Palace on the outskirts of Pyongyang.
An enormous amount of work goes into preparing for April 15.
Joseph Bermudez, an analyst for North Korean monitoring group 38 North, said preparations could even be seen on satellite images, which showed thousands of people and hundreds of vehicles practicing ahead of the event.
Monday, hundreds of members of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) crowded the plaza of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang to pay tribute to past leaders and vow loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to state media Rodong Sinmun.
Kim Il Sung died in 1994 at the age of 82, after leading his country from its establishment in 1948 until his death.
He passed the leadership to his son, Kim Jong Il, who in turn passed it to Kim Jong Un.