It was a carefully choreographed ceremony of military pomp and patriotism...marking 70 years since North Korea's ruling Workers Party was formed.A cavalcade of armoured vehicles, tanks and rocket launchers thundered through the capital Pyongyang...while synchronised aircraft flew above...Thousands of soldiers goose stepped to martial music in tight square formations...under the watchful eye of their leader King Jong Un...Earlier, he paid his respects to his late father Kim Jong Il and his grandfather Kim il sung, who founded the party...Thousands of civilians also marched, holding coloured cards to spell out the name of their leader...he waved to them in delight and held hands with a visiting Chinese official...The North Korean dictator then addressed the masses in a rare public speech...and boasted of the country's worldwide military power...SOTOur party, with our revolutionary armed powers, can deal with any form of war America wants. We confidently declare that we are ready to safeguard the blue sky of our homeland and peace of our people with strong determination." The last ceremony in 2012 celebrating the 100th birthday of Kim Il Sung cost nearly 1b €€€€€...oSaturday's parade was on the same scale, if not bigger...and According to a South Korean newspaper, it nearly broke the budget...Pyongyang even had to ask visiting foreign dignitaries to pay 70 euros per day to cover the costs of their stay...Amid international sanctions over its nuclear programme, however,many foreign dignitaries preferred to boycott the ceremony... 2s of upsot end

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It was a carefully choreographed ceremony of military pomp and patriotism...marking 70 years since North Korea's ruling Workers Party was formed.A cavalcade of armoured vehicles, tanks and rocket launchers thundered through the capital Pyongyang...wh