Marking the end of WWII in North Korea

Annual commemorations marking the end of WWII take place in Pyongyang. North Korea began to hold the ceremony after Japan relinquished its 35-year occupation of the Korean Peninsula at the end of World War II. The East Asian nation established its independence in 1948, splitting from South Korea in a battle over sovereignty that triggered the Korean War in 1950. The separation remains a source of tension between the two countries to this day. Since its founding, North Korea has been ruled by the Kim family, currently headed by Kim Jong-un.