North Korea's leader silent at military parade

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Associated Press

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 1:33 AM

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waved to troops marching through central Pyongyang to mark the nation's 65th birthday Monday, but made no public comments before leaving the event.

The military parade in Kim Il Sung Square featured mostly reserve troops and did not include displays of the kind of heavy artillery, tanks and missiles that the North rolled out in July to commemorate the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean Peninsula in 1953.

North Korea watchers had hoped the young leader might address the crowd to shed some light on the isolated and secretive nation's politics or diplomatic goals. Kim made no remarks at the July parade, either.

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