Thousands of North Korean troops followed by artillery and tanks paraded through Pyongyang Sunday as the nuclear-armed country celebrated its 70th birthday, but it refrained from displaying the intercontinental ballistic missiles that have seen it hit with sanctions.
The Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim and his entourage - including his right-hand man Choe Ryoung-hae - visited the Kumsusan Palace of Sun. There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other.
North Korea's state-run media published Friday what it said was an "indictment" by its South Korean wing, denouncing US forces on the peninsula and calling their withdrawal "the irresistible trend of the times".
Kim Jong Un and his South Korean counterpart Moon will meet in Pyongyang on September 18-20 for the third time this year and discuss "practical measures" towards denuclearisation, officials in Seoul have said.
That includes an iconic mass games that Pyongyang is organising for the first time in five years, a huge, nationalist pageant performed by up to 100,000 people in one of the world's largest stadiums.
Yet despite the impressive hardware and manpower that was rolled out, the brilliantly synchronized event seemed more about diplomacy than firepower - and earned the plaudits of none other than US President Donald Trump.
The two held up their joined hands to symbolize the countries' traditionally close ties, though the absence of Chinese President Xi Jinping could indicate Beijing still has some reservations about Kim's initiatives.
Sunday's parade also emphasized the country's economy in addition to showcasing its military capabilities.
Seoul is now looking to give second wind to diplomatic momentum that culminated in the historic summit between Kim Jong-un and Trump on June 12 in Singapore.More news: North Korea Sony hack: Justice Department to announce hacking charges
A senior Russian official who met Kim Jong-un this weekend warned the North Korea dictator said he did not plan any unilateral steps to denuclearise.
At present, DPRK's socialist construction has taken on a new look in various fields as the country concentrates on the economic development and improvement of people's livelihood under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, Xi said.
A historic summitbetween Trump and Kim in June - along with talks between North and South Korea -prompted hopes of a broader detente on the nuclear peninsular.
In its parade, North Korea held back its most advanced missiles and devoted almost half of the show to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy.
The theme for the celebrations this year was economic development and unifying the Korean peninsula, divided since World War Two. Gen. Michael Minihan, who is chief of staff for United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, and North Korean Lt. Gen. Kim was just above us, waving at the adoring crowds below, whose emotions seemed genuine as they sat in the hot sun waiting for a glimpse of their "Supreme Leader".
The third-highest ranking Chinese official was in Pyongyang to attend a massive parade the following day marking the North's 70th founding anniversary.
Mr Li had travelled to North Korea as a special envoy of President Xi.
The mass games, dubbed "Shining Fatherland", featured everything from a display of drones flying in formation to fireworks, lasers, circus-style performances and at one point hundreds of martial artists doing taekwondo.
Soon after the anniversary celebrations end, Kim will meet in Pyongyang with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss ways to break the impasse over his nuclear weapons.