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Parade marks the 1948 establishment of DPRK

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-09-09 17:02

Parade marks the 1948 establishment of DPRK

Worker-Peasant Red Guard members attend a parade marking the 1948 establishment of DPRK, in Pyongyang in this photo taken by Kyodo Sept 9, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

PYONGYANG - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday marked its 65th founding anniversary with a parade of paramilitary forces and civilians.

DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, who was standing on an upper podium overlooking Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Square, inspected massive throngs of goose-stepping Worker-Peasant Red Guards.

It was the second time that the DPRK held a massive parade in less than two months.

Unlike the July 27 military parade marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, little military hardware was on display this time.

Squads composed of scientists, athletes, medical staff, teachers and students followed the march, with flowers and banners in hand, hailing the leader's name loud to "celebrate the country's military-first guideline's victory."

Delivering a speech, DPRK Premier Pak Pong-ju called on all people to make contributions to building the country into an economic power and improving people's living standard.

Celebrations kicked off on Sunday with a national meeting and a grand gymnastic and artistic performance.

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