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Parade, Mass Demo Mark DPRK's 65th Birthday
Pyongyang, September 9 (KCNA) -- A parade of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and Pyongyang mass demonstration took place with splendor at Kim Il Sung Square on Monday, 65th anniversary of the DPRK.

Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA), appeared in the tribune of honor.

Taking the tribune of honor were senior party, state and army officials including Kim Yong Nam, Pak Pong Ju and Choe Ryong Hae, the chairperson of a friendly party, officials of the party, armed forces organs and the Cabinet and chief secretaries of Provincial Party Committees of the WPK.

Kwon Sun Hwi, advisor to the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, and Choe Un Bok, chairwoman of the General Association of Koreans in China, were also in the tribune of honor.

Seen at the reviewing stands were deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly, officials of the party, armed forces and power bodies, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, service personnel of the KPA and the Korean People's Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, literature and arts, public health and media, merited people, delegations of overseas Koreans and other compatriots and the chief of the Pyongyang Mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.

Present there on invitation were foreign delegations and delegates, foreign diplomatic envoys and representatives of international bodies and their wives and military attaches here and other foreign guests.

The flags of the DPRK and the WPK were hoisted at the square amid playing of the music of national anthem and "Long Live Workers' Party of Korea".

The minister of the People's Armed Forces reported to Kim Jong Un that the parade will be started.

A 21-gun salute boomed amid playing of the music of the immortal revolutionary hymns "Song of General Kim Il Sung" and "Song of General Kim Jong Il".

Pak Pong Ju, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and premier of the DPRK Cabinet, made a speech.

The speaker said that the history of the DPRK clearly proves immutable truth that the great leaders assure the high dignity and prosperity of the country and nation.

He stressed that the army and people of the DPRK holding the peerlessly great men in high esteem generation after generation will as ever dynamically advance along the road of independence, Songun and socialism and it will shine forever as the socialist state of Juche with the invincible might.

Flags bearing portraits of smiling Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il entered the square, escorted by the flags of the Workers' Party of Korea and the colors of the Supreme Commander and the Worker-Peasant Red Guards.

First, the column of Pyongyang City unit of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards marched past in fine array, being followed by columns of all provincial units, units of different factories and industrial establishments, cooperative farms, units of officials of land management and public health, universities at different levels and the column of the Young Red Guards.

Then the columns of multiple launch rocket systems passed.

They were followed by the mass demonstration of Pyongyangites.

Columns of dancers depicting the national flag, Taekwon-do players, military families, artistes, scientists, sportspersons, teachers and medical workers walked past the square.

Letters reading "Kim Il Sung", "Kim Jong Il", "Kim Jong Un", "Glory", "Celebration of 65th Anniversary", "Great Paektusan Nation", "Speed on Masik Pass", "Economic Power", "Single-minded Unity", etc. were presented on the square and the flags of the DPRK and the WPK were portrayed in succession.

The combined military band changed its formation, presenting the star of the Marshal and portraying letters reading "Defense", to successfully decorate the end of the demonstration.

After the demonstration, there were loud hurrahs resounding far and wide, fireworks being shot up and balloons rising to the sky.

Kim Jong Un stepped to the balcony of the platform and warmly acknowledged the enthusiastically cheering crowds.

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