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Lavish military parade in Pyongyang marks 60th anniversary of Korean War armistice

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Lavish military parade in Pyongyang marks 60th anniversary of Korean War armistice

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Both North and South Korea held commemorative events to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean war in 1953.

In Pyongyang, a massive military parade took place on the city’s main square – with thousands of soldiers marching in choreographed formation, tanks and missiles on parade and helicopters in the sky.

North Korean President Kim Jong-Un’s rule has been characterised by rising tensions with Seoul. In April his government threatened to wage war on South Korea and the US, in the wake of UN condemnation of the North’s February nuclear test.

In South Korea, a commemoration was held at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul, attended by war veterans from the US and New Zealand.

In a speech at the event, South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye stressed that the North knew what it had to do for relations to improve, saying: “I am here today to insist North Korea give up its nuclear development. If it makes the right choice, we will expand exchanges and cooperation”.