Pyongyang partied, but international leaders stayed away.
North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party
celebrated its 70th birthday with a huge display of military might at Kim Il-sung Square in the capital. However, the only noticeable international presence was a senior official from China’s Communist Party.
Liu Yunshan, who stood by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s side
throughout the festivities, delivered Beijing’s call for stronger ties between the two nations. China is the secretive state’s main ally and trading partner. But, relations have been strained over North Korea’s nuclear programme.
The US has expressed doubt over how advanced the programme is. During the celebrations, Kim issued a warning to Washington saying his country was “ready to fight any kind of war waged by the US imperialists.”