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Inside the North Korean military

North Korean military participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. 



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North Korean military participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean military participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a ballistic rocket launching drill of Hwasong artillery units. 

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a ballistic rocket launching drill of Hwasong artillery units. KCNA/via REUTERS

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a ballistic rocket launching drill of Hwasong artillery units. KCNA/via REUTERS
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North Korean soldiers with weapons attend military training in an undisclosed location. 


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North Korean soldiers with weapons attend military training in an undisclosed location. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean soldiers with weapons attend military training in an undisclosed location. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang June 16, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY MARITIME TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang...more

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang June 16, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY MARITIME TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
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A view of artillery fire and landing exercises. 
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A view of artillery fire and landing exercises. REUTERS/KCNA

A view of artillery fire and landing exercises. REUTERS/KCNA
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Landing and anti-landing exercises carried out by the Korean People's Army at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA

Landing and anti-landing exercises carried out by the Korean People's Army at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA

Landing and anti-landing exercises carried out by the Korean People's Army at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Korean soldiers run as they attend military training in an undisclosed location. 

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North Korean soldiers run as they attend military training in an undisclosed location. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean soldiers run as they attend military training in an undisclosed location. REUTERS/KCNA
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A rocket is carried by a military vehicle during a military parade in Pyongyang. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

A rocket is carried by a military vehicle during a military parade in Pyongyang. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

A rocket is carried by a military vehicle during a military parade in Pyongyang. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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Soldier-builders of KPA Units 966, 462, 101, 489, who took part in building the workers' hostel of Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill, applaud during a photo session. 

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Soldier-builders of KPA Units 966, 462, 101, 489, who took part in building the workers' hostel of Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill, applaud during a photo session. REUTERS/KCNA

Soldier-builders of KPA Units 966, 462, 101, 489, who took part in building the workers' hostel of Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill, applaud during a photo session. REUTERS/KCNA
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A live bullet firing demonstration is held by service personnel from the Korean People's Army in South Hwanghae Province. REUTERS/KCNA

A live bullet firing demonstration is held by service personnel from the Korean People's Army in South Hwanghae Province. REUTERS/KCNA

A live bullet firing demonstration is held by service personnel from the Korean People's Army in South Hwanghae Province. REUTERS/KCNA
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Landing and anti-landing exercises at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA

Landing and anti-landing exercises at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA

Landing and anti-landing exercises at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Korean military participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. 

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North Korean military participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean military participate in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. REUTERS/KCNA
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An underwater test-firing of a strategic submarine ballistic missile. KCNA via REUTERS

An underwater test-firing of a strategic submarine ballistic missile. KCNA via REUTERS

An underwater test-firing of a strategic submarine ballistic missile. KCNA via REUTERS
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A view of a firing contest among multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) batteries selected from large combined units of the KPA. KCNA/via Reuters

A view of a firing contest among multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) batteries selected from large combined units of the KPA. KCNA/via Reuters

A view of a firing contest among multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) batteries selected from large combined units of the KPA. KCNA/via Reuters
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North Korean members of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards attend military training. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean members of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards attend military training. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean members of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards attend military training. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Korean military personnel paddle a small boat amid morning fog over Taedong River in Pyongyang. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

North Korean military personnel paddle a small boat amid morning fog over Taedong River in Pyongyang. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

North Korean military personnel paddle a small boat amid morning fog over Taedong River in Pyongyang. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over an urgent operation meeting on the Korean People's Army Strategic Rocket Force's performance of duty for firepower strike at the Supreme Command in Pyongyang. The sign on the left reads, "Strategic force's plan to hit the mainland of the U.S.". 

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over an urgent operation meeting on the Korean People's Army Strategic Rocket Force's performance of duty for firepower strike at the Supreme Command in Pyongyang. The sign on the left reads, "Strategic...more

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over an urgent operation meeting on the Korean People's Army Strategic Rocket Force's performance of duty for firepower strike at the Supreme Command in Pyongyang. The sign on the left reads, "Strategic force's plan to hit the mainland of the U.S.". REUTERS/KCNA
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A missile is fired from a naval vessel during the test-firing of a new type of anti-ship cruise missile to be equipped at Korean People's Army naval units. REUTERS/KCNA

A missile is fired from a naval vessel during the test-firing of a new type of anti-ship cruise missile to be equipped at Korean People's Army naval units. REUTERS/KCNA

A missile is fired from a naval vessel during the test-firing of a new type of anti-ship cruise missile to be equipped at Korean People's Army naval units. REUTERS/KCNA
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Tanks are seen during the Korean People's Army tank crews' competition at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA

Tanks are seen during the Korean People's Army tank crews' competition at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA

Tanks are seen during the Korean People's Army tank crews' competition at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he guides a flight drill for the inspection of airmen of the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he guides a flight drill for the inspection of airmen of the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he guides a flight drill for the inspection of airmen of the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force. REUTERS/KCNA
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North Korean officers shield themselves from the rain after the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

North Korean officers shield themselves from the rain after the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

North Korean officers shield themselves from the rain after the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
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A tank is seen during the Korean People's Army tank crews' competition. REUTERS/KCNA

A tank is seen during the Korean People's Army tank crews' competition. REUTERS/KCNA

A tank is seen during the Korean People's Army tank crews' competition. REUTERS/KCNA
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A view of the test-fire of Pukguksong-2.


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A view of the test-fire of Pukguksong-2. KCNA/via REUTERS

A view of the test-fire of Pukguksong-2. KCNA/via REUTERS
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Service personnel visit the statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. 

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Service personnel visit the statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. REUTERS/KCNA

Service personnel visit the statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. REUTERS/KCNA
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Airplanes of the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force. REUTERS/KCNA

Airplanes of the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force. REUTERS/KCNA

Airplanes of the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force. REUTERS/KCNA
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A rocket is launched during a demonstration of a new large-caliber multiple rocket launching system at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA

A rocket is launched during a demonstration of a new large-caliber multiple rocket launching system at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA

A rocket is launched during a demonstration of a new large-caliber multiple rocket launching system at an unknown location. REUTERS/KCNA
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Female North Korean soldiers patrol along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. REUTERS/Jacky Chen

Female North Korean soldiers patrol along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. REUTERS/Jacky Chen

Female North Korean soldiers patrol along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong. REUTERS/Jacky Chen
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A combat drill of the service personnel of the special operation battalion of KPA Unit 525. KCNA via REUTERS

A combat drill of the service personnel of the special operation battalion of KPA Unit 525. KCNA via REUTERS

A combat drill of the service personnel of the special operation battalion of KPA Unit 525. KCNA via REUTERS
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses with soldiers during an inspection of the defense detachment on Ung Islet, which is defending an outpost in the East Sea of Korea. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses with soldiers during an inspection of the defense detachment on Ung Islet, which is defending an outpost in the East Sea of Korea. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses with soldiers during an inspection of the defense detachment on Ung Islet, which is defending an outpost in the East Sea of Korea. REUTERS/KCNA
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