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Published: 14:14, April 26, 2022 | Updated: 10:02, April 27, 2022
DPRK holds military parade to mark army's 90th anniversary
By Xinhua
Published:14:14, April 26, 2022 Updated:10:02, April 27, 2022 By Xinhua

In this photo provided by the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, center, delivers a speech during a military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the Korean People's Army at the Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, on April 25, 2022. (KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY /KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

PYONGYANG – A grand military parade was held on Monday night at Kim Il-sung Square in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Pyongyang, to mark the 90th founding anniversary of the Korean People's Army (KPA), according to the official Korean Central News Agency. 

In a celebration speech, Kim Jong-un, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, said that as long as the hearts of all the officers and men of the DPRK armed forces are pulsating with the thick blood and precious soul of the revolutionary forerunners, the socialist cause will always emerge victoriously in the future. 

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The DPRK leader also called for efforts to struggle for the wellbeing and happiness of the people and the eternal glory and victory of the country, the KCNA reported on Tuesday. 

After Kim's speech, columns of soldiers from different departments and commands passed the square one after another, and air squadrons flew over the sky. 

In this photo provided by the DPRK government,  Kim Jong-un, center, with his wife Ri Sol-ju reviews an honor guard during a military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of Korean People's Army at the Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, April 25, 2022.  (KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY /KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

In this photo provided by the DPRK government, Kim Jong-un, second left, watches a military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the Korean People's Army at the Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, April 25, 2022. (KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY /KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

In this photo provided by the DPRK government, Kim Jong-un, center, with his wife Ri Sol Ju, acknowledges audience during a military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the Korean People's Army at the Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, April 25, 2022.  (KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY /KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

Pyongyang has held two military parades at midnight in October 2020 and September 2021, since Kim took power in 2011. 

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The predecessor of the KPA was the Korean People's Revolutionary Army (KPRA) founded by late top leader Kim Il-sung on April 25, 1932. The KPRA later grew into the regular armed forces, or the KPA, in 1948. 

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