North Korea has noticeably toned down its anti-Washington rhetoric over the past several months to create a more conciliatory atmosphere for the summit and avoid souring attempts by both sides to reduce tensions and increase dialogue. The Korea Times called on North Korea "to pay more attention to humanitarian issues". North Korean officials did not give a reason for skipping the rally, according to the Associated Press, which first reported the cancellation.
A 42-minute documentary-style news special was aired on the state television network two days after the summit and has been repeated frequently since, meaning that by now there are probably few North Koreans who are unaware of the changes in the air.
Kim's father Jong-il, by contrast, cultivated an image of preternatural drabness, shuffling about with his disheveled hairdo and shapeless anorak as he glumly inspected factories or army posts, and keeping his succession of wives well out of the limelight.
Millions of Korean families were forced apart by the division of the country at the end of World War II. As he departed, Mattis confirmed that both the major Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill and two smaller training exercises with South Korea have been suspended, a gesture meant to keep negotiations with North Korea on track.
This year's anniversary comes less than two weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump shook hands at the unprecedented summit in Singapore. Nearly all of them are over 70 years old.
He said that the United Nations Command in South Korea is standing by to receive the remains. Some analysts have said full and irreversible disarmament could take 15 years or more, so the Trump administration's goal is presumably to complete solid initial steps that will demonstrate North Korea is truly committed to following that long path.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he will not put a timeline on negotiations for North Korea's denuclearization, contradicting a senior defense official who said Washington would soon present a timeline to North Korea with "specific asks".
But while both work to achieve the vague language of Kim's promise to "completely denuclearise the Korean peninsula", America's top U.S. diplomat refused to put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea contradicting a senior defence official who said Washington would soon present a timeline to North Korea with "specific asks".