Korean war 60th anniversary marked

By MSN UK News. Image: AP Photo/KRT via AP Video
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Events have taken place in North and South Korea to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in an enormous military pageant in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, while commemorations in the South Korean capital of Seoul have been more low-key.

The 1953 armistice represented the formal end to a three-year war between North Korea, supported by China, and South Korea, supported by United Nations forces including troops from Britain and the United States.

In this image, taken from video, vast crowds of soldiers participate in a ceremony in Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang.

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Female North Korean soldiers march during a mass military parade on Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang

Goose-stepping soldiers, columns of tanks and a broad array of ominous-looking missiles poised on mobile launchers were paraded through the streets of Pyongyang in a painstakingly-choreographed military pageant intended to strike fear into the country's adversaries and rally its people behind young ruler Kim Jong-un.

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North Korean girls stand to attention at the end of a performance in the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang

The 1953 armistice marked the formal end of hostilities, although North and South Korea remain technically at war.

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North Korean military take part in a parade through Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang

This weekend's events are the culmination of a sequence of commemorations in North Korea including firework displays, open-air ceremonies and enormous public galas. All have involved hundreds of thousands of people.

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North Korean veterans of the war wave to their leader Kim Jong-un during the parade in Pyongyang

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un leans over a balcony and waves to Korean War veterans cheering below, during the parade in Pyongyang

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New Zealand prime minister John Key, second from right, lays a bouquet of flowers in front of a list of names of New Zealand soldiers who died during the war, at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea

Commemorations in South Korea have generally been more low-key compared to those in the North.

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South Korean protesters hold defaced portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, right, his late father Kim Jong-il, centre, and his late grandfather Kim Il-sung, left, during a rally in Seoul

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A South Korean high school student Kim Young-dae, right, salutes to South Korean war veterans after a ceremony at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul

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South Korean army soldiers hold flags of countries that participated in the Korean War, during a ceremony at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul

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Korean War veteran Olegario Pinzon Ramirez of Colombia is wheeled past the names of soldiers killed during the conflict, as he arrives to participate in a ceremony at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul