Nightly News   |  July 27, 2013

North Korea celebrates ‘Victory Day’

North Korea, a small nation with the world's fourth largest army, staged one of its biggest military parades ever on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. NBC’s Ann Curry reports.

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we were invited here on this anniversary with more than 100 other members of the world's press, and today we saw a massive show of force. north korea , a small nation with the world's fourth largest army, staged one of its biggest military parades ever today. in a show of defiant precision. soldiers by the thousands goose-stepped with such intensity the ground seemed to shake. the parade of weapons included fighter jets , what appear to be drones, and it showcased the missile the u.s. worries could with enhancements reach alaska and hawaii with nuclear weapons . intelligence analysts question whether some of the weapons were real or mock-ups. also striking soldiers strapped vests baring a radioactive symbol. it's unclear what they were, but just this spring north korea warned its troops could be used as human bombs against the u.s. the choreography included a people's adulation for their young leader.

>> this celebration is being held in what north korea calls victory day because people here have been led to believe they won the korean war . they're 60 years to the day since the war officially ended. in many ways it's still being fought here every day. among the men and women who fought for north korea , this former machine gunner, now 80, who says he is willing to fight again, but wants to be optimistic there will be peace. their generation knows all too well the real cost of war. ann curry , nbc news, pyongyang.