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North Korea in Photos: Kim Jong Un Oversees Military Parade

As geopolitical tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula amid an exchange of verbal threats of military actions between the U.S. and North Korea, the communist country celebrated its biggest national holiday in Pyongyang on Saturday to commemorate its late founder's 105th birthday. Rather than staging its sixth nuclear test, which had been expected by western officials, the North staged an elaborate military parade under the watch of dictator Kim Jong Un to show off new missiles and other traditional weapons.

North Korean women soldiers take part in a military parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un, in Pyongyang, North Korea,  on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

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 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves from a balcony of the Grand People's Study house.

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North Koreans cheer and wave as they march during a military parade.

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A submarine missile is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square.

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North Korean soldiers salute while the national anthem is played.

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University students carry the national flag in front of two bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

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Women wearing traditional Korean dress wave flowers and shout slogans as they march pass Kim Jong Un.

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North Korean soldiers sit on military armoured vehicles during the military parade.

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North Korean soldiers march during the parade.

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A soldier stands guard at the Kim Il Sung Square.

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