Thousands of troops have gathered in Pyongyang for the celebrations
The show of aggression from Kim Jong-un’s forces coincide with the 105th anniversary of the state’s founding father Kim Il-sung, a celebration known as the ‘Day of the Sun’.
Dictator Kim Jong-un is in attendance as celebrations begun at around 10am local time.
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North Korea has begun preparing festivities for the 'Day of the Sun,' a holiday celebrating communist leader Kim Il-Sung
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Military officers visit the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, a day before the 105th anniversary of his birth, in Mangyongdae, just outside Pyongyang
Footage recorded by the country’s state broadcaster showed troops marching in formation in the square named after the founder, Kim Jong-un's grandfather, in Pyongyang.
North Korea’s state broadcaster KCNA reported: "The most powerful and cutting-edge striking and defence means in our own style lined up to put an end to military supremacy claimed by imperialists.”
The celebrations kicked off with a performance from the North Korean army’s marching band.
The celebrations are dedicated to Kim Il-sung, North Korea's first leader
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The celebrations also included displays of North Korea's military technology
The music was followed by speeches from top North Korean officials, to the sound of rapturous applause from soldiers at the rally.
The country’s biggest national holiday comes amid fears that Kim plans to conduct his army’s sixth nuclear test or launch missiles around key anniversaries in April.
Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, is also in attendance.
Kim Jong-un has attended the ceremony
Thousands of troops are gathered in Pyongyang for the celebrations
Kim Yo-jong has worked as head of North Korea’s Propaganda and Agitation Department since March 2015, and is responsible for maintaining the leader’s cult of personality.
The celebrations also featured weapons displays, with huge tanks and towering warheads paraded at the annual event.
Footage showed submarine-launched ballistic missiles displayed at the event.
A marching routine backed by the military band followed the speeches, under the watchful eye of the country’s leader.
Huge warheads were also put on display for those gathered in the square
A beaming Kim John-un looked over at the military display in Pyongyang
Tensions between the North Korea, China and the US have threatened to boil over this week over concerns Donald Trump would launch a preemptive strike against the hermit state, after he sent the USS Carl Vinson strike force near the Korean peninsula.
China has imposed economic sanctions on its trade partner, but all three nations have said they are ready for war.
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