North Korea leader presides over mass military parade
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea held its second mass military parade in little more than a month on Monday, with leader Kim Jong Un presiding over the display of goose-stepping troops, marching bands and light weaponry.
At the start of the ceremony, tens of thousands of troops gathered in tight formation in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung square, with hundreds of thousands more civilians in the background carrying brightly coloured flowers in the pattern of a giant national flag.
Mr Kim's arrival on the viewing platform with senior party and military officials was greeted with the usual thunderous applause and cries of "Mansei" ("Long Live").
It was the second such parade in little more than a month, but unlike July 27 - the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War - there was relatively little military hardware on display, with no drive-by of tank units or long-range missiles.