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July 29, 2013
North Korea rolls out missiles for war anniversary

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea marked the 60th anniversary of the truce that ended the Korean War with a lavish and painstakingly choreographed military parade through Pyongyang's main square, a solemn gathering led by leader Kim Jong Un at a newly opened war museum that features prominently the USS Pueblo spy ship captured in 1968 and a fireworks display that filled the night sky and drew huge crowds who watched from along the Pothong river.

This year's parade, which also included floats and thousands of civilians waving colorful fake flowers, appeared to offer more flash and pageant than new revelations of the secretive North's military capabilities, though one unit prominently carried kits marked with the bright yellow nuclear symbol, a reminder of the North's claims that it is preparing itself against a nuclear attack by the United States and is developing a nuclear arsenal of its own.

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North Korean veterans of the Korean War wave to their leader Kim Jong Un during a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice Saturday, July 27, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean veteran Oh Gyu Sun, 78, who was a nurse in the Korean War participates in the mass dance party, Sunday, July 28, 2013, during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Young North Koreans participate in a mass dance party at the Kim Il Sung stadium, Sunday, July 28, 2013, during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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A North Korean veteran of the Korean War rests as he and his colleagues attend a mass dance party event marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Koreans stand to attention and sing inside Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang during mass dance party event held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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Confetti is released as young North Koreans participate in the mass dance party, Sunday, July 28, 2013, during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Koreans wait in the rain at Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang before a mass dance party event held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean women dressed in tradition dresses walk to the Kim Il Sung Stadium for the festivities as part of North Korea's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2013. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Fireworks explode over the newly constructed Korean War museum in Pyongyang, North Korea that was officially opened Saturday, July 27, 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean military showcase their armor through Kim Il Sung Square, Saturday, July 27, 2013 during a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Military tanks parade through the Kim Il Sung Square, Saturday, July 27, 2013 during a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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A North Korean missile rolls by as colored smoke trails, left by flying aircraft, streak the sky during a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice Saturday, July 27, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean military soldiers march past the Kim Il Sung Square, Saturday, July 27, 2013 during the mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Female North Korean soldiers march during a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice Saturday, July 27, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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Parade participants carry the North Korean national flags, Saturday, July 27, 2013 during a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Korean women wave to their leader Kim Jong Un during a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, Saturday, July 27, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, right, is accompanied by Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, center, and Zambia Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekand as they greet spectators Saturday, July 27, 2013 during the mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks down a red carpet during an opening ceremony for a newly constructed Korean War museum in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean veterans of the Korean War stand and salute during a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, Saturday, July 27, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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A North Korean veteran of the Korean War bows his head during a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, Saturday, July 27, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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A North Korean military veteran uses a handkerchief to protect himself from the sun in the stands at a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in North Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second left, flanked by Yang Hyong Sop, second right, vice president of the Presidium of North Korea's parliament, his uncle Jang Song Thaek, right, and Choe Ryong Hae, vice Marshal, left, as he tours the newly opened Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Saturday, July 27, 2013 as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Korean soldiers file up the stairs to pay tribute to a statue of the late leader Kim Il Sung as they tour a newly constructed Korean War museum that was officially opened Saturday, July 27, 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean war veterans of the Korean War watch fireworks during the "Arirang" mass games song-and-dance ensemble , Friday, July 26, 2013 on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Korean children perform at the May Day stadium during the "Arirang" mass games song-and-dance ensemble on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 26, 2013. AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Korean girls stand at attention at the end of a performance of the "Arirang" mass games at May Day Stadium in Pyongyang Friday, July 26, 2013 on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves as he arrives for a performance of the "Arirang" mass games at May Day Stadium on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 26, 2013. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Korean war veterans of the Korean War leave the May Day stadium after watching the "Arirang" mass games song-and-dance ensemble , Friday, July 26, 2013 on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Korean war veterans of the Korean War watch the "Arirang" mass games song-and-dance ensemble at the May Day stadium, Friday, July 26, 2013 on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Korean soldiers look at a flower display where Kimjongilia and Kimilsungia flowers, named after Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, were on display, Friday, July 26, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Korean soldiers arrive at an exhibition of "Kimilsungia" and "Kimjongilia" flowers, named after the country's late leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, on Friday, July, 26, 2013. AP / Wong Maye-E
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A residential complex is lit at night on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 26, 2013. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Two North Korean schoolchildren bow and pay respects to their late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il whose bodies lie embalmed in the mausoleum, the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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A guide shields her face from the sun while touring the park surrounding Kumsusan Palce of the Sun, the mausoleum where bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Korean schoolchildren rub their eyes after having to look into the sun while getting their class photograph taken at the park surrounding Kumsusan Palce of the Sun, the mausoleum where bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Old North Korean soldiers arrive in full military dress to pay their respects at the cemeteries of fallen fighters of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, AP / Wong Maye-E
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North Korean veterans of the Korean War enter a cemetery for Korean War veterans on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea during an opening ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula. AP / David Guttenfelder
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North Koreans walk among tombstones of soldiers who died from the war to pay their respects, at the cemeteries of fallen fighters of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea as part of ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula. AP / Wong Maye-E
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Elderly North Korean women tour a cemetery for Korean War veterans on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea during an opening ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula. AP / David Guttenfelder

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