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N.Korea starts anniversary parade

North Korean army vehicles line up during preparations for a militay parade in Pyongyang, early morning on July 27, 2013. N.Korea is staging a major military parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire.

North Korean army vehicles line up during preparations for a militay parade in Pyongyang, early morning on July 27, 2013. N.Korea is staging a major military parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire.  (AFP)

North Korea on Saturday staged a major military parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire, watched over by leader Kim Jong-Un, state television showed.

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 Pyongyang's sprawling Kim Il-Sung square.

The spectacle was preceded by thousands of goose-stepping soldiers marching onto the square, with military bands leading the procession.

Kim Jong-Un, wearing a dark Mao suit, walked on a red carpet leading up to the podium, as guards saluted him and a military band played in the background.

The overcast sky was decorated with large banners slung under gas-filled balloons, while the square was festooned with North Korean flags.

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