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Drones and gymnasts: North Korea marks 70th anniversary with military parade

Pyongyang residents, who trained for months for the anniversary, held up the bouquets to spell out words and slogans.

Drones and gymnasts: North Korea marks 70th anniversary with military parade

North Korea staged a huge military parade on Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of the nation’s founding as a nation, with tens of thousands of people waving brightly colored plastic bouquets as the parade began. (Source: AP)

Drones and gymnasts: North Korea marks 70th anniversary with military parade

Pyongyang residents, who trained for months for the anniversary, held up the bouquets to spell out words and slogans. (Source: AP)

The theme for the celebrations this year was economic development and unifying the Korean peninsula, divided since World War Two. (Source: Reuters)

Drones and gymnasts: North Korea marks 70th anniversary with military parade

While North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units for the parade at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square, it held back its most advanced missiles and devoted nearly half of the event to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy. (Source: AP)

Drones and gymnasts: North Korea marks 70th anniversary with military parade

Leader Kim Jong Un attended the parade but did not address the assembled crowd, which included the head of China's parliament and high-level delegations from countries that have friendly ties with North Korea. (Source: AP)

Drones and gymnasts: North Korea marks 70th anniversary with military parade

The parade highlight themes of military accomplishment, national development, and international engagement at a time when doubts are arising over Kim’s commitment to abandoning nuclear weapons. (Source: AP)

Both the Mass Games and the military parade have been criticized by human rights advocates and North Korean defectors for the pressure placed on performers and for painting a distorted picture of the country through stage-managed displays. (Source: Reuters)

But thousands of jovial North Koreans clapped in unison and rallied support for their leader Kim. (Source: Reuters)