North Korea stages military parade to mark war anniversary
PYONGYANG (AFP) - The North Korean capital Pyongyang put its military hardware on show at a major parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire, presided over by leader Kim Jong Un.
Thousands of troops and spectators roared "Protect Kim Jong Un with our lives" when the youthful leader appeared on the podium, flanked by top party and military leaders at the sprawling Kim Il Sung square, state TV showed.
The parade, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire on July 27, 1953 will be closely watched for any evidence that the North has made tangible progress in its ballistic missile programme.
The last mass military parade in the North Korean capital was held on April 15 last year, for the birth centenary of the North's founder leader Kim Il Sung.