In pics: North Korea celebrates the birth anniversary of Kim Jong-il

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A view of a parade celebrating the 105th birth anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea April 15, 2017 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 16, 2017. (KCNA / REUTERS)

A view of a parade celebrating the 105th birth anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea April 15, 2017 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 16, 2017. (KCNA / REUTERS)

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University students carry the national flag and two bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il during a military parade. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

University students carry the national flag and two bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il during a military parade. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

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This April 15, 2017 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) arriving for a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. (AFP)

This April 15, 2017 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) arriving for a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. (AFP)

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A soldiers march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

A soldiers march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

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Korean People's ballistic missiles being displayed through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. (AFP)

Korean People's ballistic missiles being displayed through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. (AFP)

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Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers marching through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. (AFP)

Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers marching through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. (AFP)

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Korean People's howitzers being displayed through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. (AFP)

Korean People's howitzers being displayed through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. (AFP)

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Towards the end of every parade, it is tradition for the North Korean leader to come to the edge of the balcony from where he watches the proceedings and wave to foreign and local dignitaries sitting on either side of the building. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

Towards the end of every parade, it is tradition for the North Korean leader to come to the edge of the balcony from where he watches the proceedings and wave to foreign and local dignitaries sitting on either side of the building. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

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People react as they pass in front of the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

People react as they pass in front of the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

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Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers marching through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. (AFP)

Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers marching through Kim Il-Sung square during a military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung. (AFP)

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The float in the background is a stylised rocket artillery launcher, adorned with the words ‘Pyongjin Line’ on its front. (REUTERS)

The float in the background is a stylised rocket artillery launcher, adorned with the words ‘Pyongjin Line’ on its front. (REUTERS)

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Commandoes march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

Commandoes march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

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High ranking officers applauds as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to people attending a military parade. (Sue-Lin Wong / REUTERS)

High ranking officers applauds as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves to people attending a military parade. (Sue-Lin Wong / REUTERS)

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North Korean women wave and cheer as they look toward their leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

North Korean women wave and cheer as they look toward their leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

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A North Korean KN-08 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICMB) is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade. (AP)

A North Korean KN-08 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICMB) is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade. (AP)

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Soldiers march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parad. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

Soldiers march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parad. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

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Attendees carry sheets in the colours of North Korea's national flag during a military parade. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

Attendees carry sheets in the colours of North Korea's national flag during a military parade. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

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North Korean soldiers, some of them on horses, march during a military parade. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

North Korean soldiers, some of them on horses, march during a military parade. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

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North Korean soldiers march and shout slogans during a military parade. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

North Korean soldiers march and shout slogans during a military parade. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

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North Korean soldiers march during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

North Korean soldiers march during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father, Kim Il Sung. (Damir Sagolj / REUTERS)

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North Korean soldiers carry flags and a photo of late leader Kim Il Sung as they march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

North Korean soldiers carry flags and a photo of late leader Kim Il Sung as they march across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. (Wong Maye-E / AP)

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