N.Korea military parade shows succession on course

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il flanked by his son reviewed a military parade of goose-stepping North Korean soldiers in Pongyang's central square on Friday, underlining a planned third generation of dynastic rule is on track.
Kim and his son Kim Jong-un marked the 63rd anniversary of the state's founding standing atop a dais as troops, multiple rockets launchers, howitzers, and other weapons passed by and thousands of people thronged the square waving red and pink bouquets of what looked like paper flowers.A giant portrait of the state's founder and "eternal president" Kim Il-sung was carried by the soldiers.
The two Kims applauded and briefly chatted during the parade on national television, which analysts said was a clear signal to the public as the country flexed its military power.
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