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North Korea Says It's Ready For War With Massive Military Parade

It may be the largest military parade the country has ever hosted.

North Korea is "ready to fight any kind of war" waged by the U.S., leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday, and the hermit kingdom had a giant military parade to prove it.

The procession in capital Pyongyang's main Kim Il Sung Square marked the 70th anniversary of the nation's ruling Workers' Party and featured a myriad of military processions and colorful dance performances, all in immaculate synchrony. It appears to be one one of the largest military parades the country has ever thrown, according to The New York Times. 

Elaborate celebrations continued the next day with a dolphin trick show attended by North Koreans and international media.

"The crowd cheered and laughed as the dolphins performed their tricks to music," reported British outlet Sky News, which gained access to the event. "It was, as far as we could make out, genuine enjoyment."

While the celebrations in Pyongyang were ornate, human rights groups say that most of the country's citizens are harshly repressed and suffering under horrific living conditions.

Check out photos below of the showy procession.

  • North Korean soldiers march in Kim Il-Sung Square, Saturday, Oct 10, 2015.
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    North Korean soldiers march in Kim Il-Sung Square, Saturday, Oct 10, 2015.
  • North Koreans wearing traditional "hanbok" dresses wave flowers during a military parade Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015.
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    North Koreans wearing traditional "hanbok" dresses wave flowers during a military parade Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015.
  • Dancers perform during the mass military parade.
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    Dancers perform during the mass military parade.
  • Dancers perform in the parade.
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    Dancers perform in the parade.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, third from left, along with Liu Yunshan, China's Communist Party's No. 5 leader, fourth from
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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, third from left, along with Liu Yunshan, China's Communist Party's No. 5 leader, fourth from left, salutes during the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's ruling party.
  • Female soldiers march in Kim Il-Sung Square.
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    Female soldiers march in Kim Il-Sung Square.
  • North Korean soldiers march in a military parade.
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    North Korean soldiers march in a military parade.
  • North Korean soldiers wave as they parade past Kim Jong Un.
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    North Korean soldiers wave as they parade past Kim Jong Un.
  • North Koreans wave decorative flowers as they parade in the capital.
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    North Koreans wave decorative flowers as they parade in the capital.
  • Kim Jong Un and Liu Yunshan wave to parade participants from a balcony.
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    Kim Jong Un and Liu Yunshan wave to parade participants from a balcony.
  • Parade participants wave flowers in front of a portrait of Kim Jong Un.
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    Parade participants wave flowers in front of a portrait of Kim Jong Un.
  • Participants hold flags as they pass through Kim Il Sung Square.
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    Participants hold flags as they pass through Kim Il Sung Square.
  • Participants wave flowers towards North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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    Participants wave flowers towards North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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