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DPRK holds military parade to mark Korea War Armistice

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-07-27 10:50

PYONGYANG - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a military parade marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement on Saturday, the official KCNA news agency reported.

DPRK's top leader Kim Jong-un was seen standing on an upper podium overlooking Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Square to inspect massive throngs of goose-stepping soldiers.

Armored vehicles and trucks carrying cannons, multiple rocket launchers and missiles followed the march.

Choe Ryong Hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, said in a speech that the DPRK considers peace a top national priority and its military is tasked with safeguarding the country from foreign invasion.

"A peaceful environment is important for the country that gives priority to economic construction and improvement of the lives of our people," Choe said.

The Korean War came to a ceasefire on July 27, 1953, when the Armistice Agreement was signed in Panmunjom on the border of the DPRK and Republic of Korea. But the war is not officially over because no peace treaty has ever been signed.

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