Report: North Korea to Cancel Annual Anti-U.S. Rallies

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. ( KCNA via Reuters)

In the wake of increased diplomacy between the U.S. and North Korea, Pyongyang has called off its annual “anti-U.S. imperialism” rallies this year, according to the Associated Press.

The annual month of anti-U.S. rallying remembers the start of the Korean War and would have ended on July 27, the day of “Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War,” as the North Koreans call it.

Last year’s events drew 100,000 North Koreans to Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang.

North Korea has toned down its rhetorical attacks on the U.S. since the possibility of a denuclearization deal gained steam. The brutal regime spent most of last year threatening the U.S. with nuclear war and conducting missile tests in nearby waters. But state media was unusually well-disposed to President Trump when he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un earlier this month.

In the lead-up to that meeting, the first ever between a U.S. president and a North Korean leader, North Korea returned three captive U.S. citizens and claimed to have destroyed its only known nuclear-test site in a show of good faith. At its conclusion, the two leaders signed a pledge to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. will soon follow up with a list of requests of North Korea, reports said, which will help identify the country’s level of commitment to denuclearization.

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