Kim Jong Un showcases his new missiles and machinery in giant military parade

Kim Jong Un has claimed his country is free of the coronavirus and wished 'good health' to all people around the world who are 'fighting the ills of the evil virus' as he addressed a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of North Korea's ruling party this morning. 

'I wish good health to all the people around the world who are fighting the ills of the evil virus,' Kim - whose summit counterpart US President Donald was recently hospitalised with the virus - said in a speech broadcast on state media.  

The widely anticipated display is part of commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the North's ruling Workers' Party.

State broadcaster KCTV showed squadron after squadron of armed soldiers and armoured vehicles lined up in the streets of Pyongyang ready to march through Kim Il Sung square in a night-time display.

None of the participants or the audience lined up in the stands were wearing masks, but there were far fewer citizens than usual on the square itself.

The programme opened with an image of a propaganda poster for the commemorations, showing three North Koreans holding up its symbols of a hammer, sickle and brush, and the slogan: 'The biggest glory to our great party.'

In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea's KRT this morning, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country's ruling party in Pyongyang

In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea's KRT this morning, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country's ruling party in Pyongyang

Picture shows North Korean and infantry marching during the parade in Pyongyang, which is believed to have happened at 12am this morning

Picture shows North Korean and infantry marching during the parade in Pyongyang, which is believed to have happened at 12am this morning

Sailors march during the 75th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, which is believed to have happened at 12am this morning

Sailors march during the 75th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, which is believed to have happened at 12am this morning 

North Korean military parades normally climax with whatever missiles Pyongyang wants to highlight and are keenly watched by observers for clues to its weapons development.

According to Seoul's joint chiefs of staff, the display actually took place in the early hours of Saturday, when they said in a statement that 'signs of a military parade - involving equipment and people on a large scale - were detected at Kim Il Sung Square'.

South Korean and US intelligence agencies were 'closely tracking the event', they added.

The ruling party anniversary comes during a difficult year for North Korea as the coronavirus pandemic and recent storms add pressure to the heavily sanctioned country.

Pyongyang closed its borders eight months ago to try to protect itself from the virus, which first emerged in neighbouring China, and has yet to confirm a single case.

In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea's KRT on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, a military parade is held in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has held a massive military parade and public rally to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country's ruling party

In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea's KRT on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, a military parade is held in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has held a massive military parade and public rally to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country's ruling party

North Korea has held a massive military parade and public rally to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country's ruling party

North Korea has held a massive military parade and public rally to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country's ruling party

North Korea has held a massive military parade and public rally to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country's ruling party

North Korea has held a massive military parade and public rally to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country's ruling party

Last month, troops from the North shot dead a South Korean fisheries official who had drifted into its waters, apparently as a precaution against the disease, prompting fury in Seoul and a rare apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

The North is widely believed to have continued to

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