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In pictures: North Korea shows off weaponry during late founder Kim Il-sung’s 105th birthday parade

The procession marks the anniversary of the birth of the hardline communist state’s supreme leader in 1912

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 April, 2017, 8:05pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 April, 2017, 12:38am

Missiles, tanks, military vehicles and ranks and ranks of goose-stepping troops took part in a parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, amid growing tensions in the region.

The procession marked the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's founding father, Kim Il-sung – the grandfather of present leader Kim Jong-un.

Military planes also flew in formation, creating the number 105 in the skies above Kim Il-sung Square.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waved to the crowds and inspected a guard of honour during the event, which is known as the “Day of the Sun” festival in the hardline communist state.

Senior Chinese officials did not attend the parade, according to reports, in contrast to some previous events overseen by the North Korean leader.

Military vehicles carrying submarine-launched ballistic missiles were also shown off in Kim Il-sung Square.

The streets of Pyongyang also saw men beating drums, and women in traditional Korean dress waving flowers and chanting slogans.Many people who took part in the parade appeared to be moved to tears when they passed by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un.