TODAY   |  July 27, 2013

North Korea marks anniversary with parade

North Korea staged one of its biggest military parades ever Saturday, marking the 60th anniversary of the truce that ended fighting in the Korean War. NBC’s Ann Curry reports.

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exactly 60 years is the end of the korean war . north korea has a massive commemoration and invited the world press to be here for it. there were surprises, especially to the u.n. north korea , a small nation with the fourth largest army staged the biggest military parade ever today. in a show of precision, soldiers by the thousands in step with such intensity, the ground seemed to shake. the parade of weapons with fighter jets and drones. the missiles the u.s. worries could, with enhancements reach alaska and hawaii with nuclear weapons . also notable, soldiers strapped with vests wearing a radioactive symbol. it's unclear what they were or if the weapons were real. the choreography has, he didn't see but his top military officer delivered the message. the surprise? the tone was moderate, not war like. no mention of the u.s. this celebration is being held in what north korea calls victory day . they have been led to believe they won the korean war . the men and women who fought north korea were given seats of honor. their generation knows all too well the real cost of war. we also didn't see today any evidence of long range missiles. that in the mixed signals is a matter of interest to the united states as they try to understand which direction this nuclear capable nation is heading.