North roars: Pyongyang marks 70th anniversary of ruling Workers' Party

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A soldier (R) cries as her vehicle with rocket launchers drives past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang. (REUTERS)

A soldier (R) cries as her vehicle with rocket launchers drives past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang. (REUTERS)

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Participants hold flags as they pass through Kim Il-Sung square during a mass military parade in Pyongyang. Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who said his country was ready to fight any war waged by the United States. (AFP)

Participants hold flags as they pass through Kim Il-Sung square during a mass military parade in Pyongyang. Isolated North Korea marked the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party on Saturday with a massive military parade overseen by leader Kim Jong Un, who said his country was ready to fight any war waged by the United States. (AFP)

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North Korean soldiers in historic uniforms march during a parade on the Kim Il Sung Square. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared on Saturday that his country was ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at a lavish military parade. (AP)

North Korean soldiers in historic uniforms march during a parade on the Kim Il Sung Square. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared on Saturday that his country was ready to stand up to any threat posed by the United States as he spoke at a lavish military parade. (AP)

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Planes form the number "70" as they fly over Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. (REUTERS)

Planes form the number "70" as they fly over Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. (REUTERS)

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Senior North Korean military officers are lit by light from torches as they follow the performance on Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square. (REUTERS)

Senior North Korean military officers are lit by light from torches as they follow the performance on Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square. (REUTERS)

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A soldier salutes from atop vehicle carrying a missile past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (REUTERS)

A soldier salutes from atop vehicle carrying a missile past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (REUTERS)

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A North Korean soldier lifts a flag of the Workers' Party of Korea at the start of the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding in Pyongyang. (REUTERS)

A North Korean soldier lifts a flag of the Workers' Party of Korea at the start of the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding in Pyongyang. (REUTERS)

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Soldiers carry their weapons marching past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (REUTERS)

Soldiers carry their weapons marching past a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (REUTERS)

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Large covered statues of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung and former leader Kim Jong-il are wheeled past their portraits after the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. (REUTERS)

Large covered statues of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung and former leader Kim Jong-il are wheeled past their portraits after the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. (REUTERS)

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Airplanes form the symbol of the Workers' Party of Korea during the parade. (REUTERS)

Airplanes form the symbol of the Workers' Party of Korea during the parade. (REUTERS)

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A soldier salutes from atop a tank toward a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (REUTERS)

A soldier salutes from atop a tank toward a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (REUTERS)

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) takes the hand of senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan on a balcony overlooking Kim Il Sung Square. (REUTERS)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) takes the hand of senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan on a balcony overlooking Kim Il Sung Square. (REUTERS)

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Participants wave flowers towards North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (not pictured) as they pass through Kim Il-Sung square. (AFP)

Participants wave flowers towards North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (not pictured) as they pass through Kim Il-Sung square. (AFP)

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Senior North Korean military officers are lit by light from a camera as they follow the performance on Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square. (REUTERS)

Senior North Korean military officers are lit by light from a camera as they follow the performance on Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square. (REUTERS)

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Girls perform in front of a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. (REUTERS)

Girls perform in front of a stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. (REUTERS)

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