North Korea marks late leader's 105th birthday

Huge parade sees thousands of soldiers and weapons, including wide range of missiles during march through Pyongyang.

| Asia Pacific, North Korea

North Korea has marked the 105th birthday of late founding leader and "eternal president" Kim Il-sung with a massive military parade in the capital Pyongyang.

Thousands of soldiers and military vehicles took part in the celebration on Saturday to the accompaniment of marching-band music in front of a large applauding audience.

Kim Jong-un - Kim Il-sung's grandson - inspected the parade, saluting passing soldiers.

The event also appeared to feature a new intercontinental ballistic missile and prototypes of submarine-launched missiles.

Kim Il-sung's birthday is known as the "Day of the Sun" and is the most important national holiday in North Korea.

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