Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 July 2019

North Korea stages mass games for Moon visit - in pictures

150,000 people cram in to Pyongyang's May Day Stadium to hear South Korea president call for end to seven decades of hostility.

South Korean president Moon Jae-in called for an end to seven decades of war and hostility and build a future of peace and prosperity in a speech to a massive North Korean crowd gathered for mass games.

Mr Moon, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and their wives attended the performance of "The Glorious Country" at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium on Wednesday night where they observed thousands of performers working in precise unison.

South Korea says the mass games drew about 150,000 spectators.

Moon said in his speech said: "We have lived together for 5,000 years and lived in separation for 70 years. I now propose that we completely eliminate the hostility of the past 70 years and take a big step forward in peace so that we can become one again."

Historians say the 5,000-year timeline of Korean history is a groundless claim that became part of South Korea's official narrative after being inserted in school textbooks during the rule of former dictator Chun Doo-hwan.

Updated: September 20, 2018 11:42 AM