PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea's heir apparent has appeared at a massive military parade.
Kim Jong Un clapped, waved and even smiled as he sat next to his father, current leader Kim Jong Il, on an observation platform in a Pyongyang plaza named for the elder's own father. Armored trucks with rocket launchers, tanks and thousands of goose-stepping troops paraded past to mark the 65th anniversary of the communist regime's ruling Workers Party.
The Kims later also appeared at a nighttime celebration that exploded into a grand spectacle of fireworks and patriotic music.
Two weeks ago, Kim Jong Un was made a four-star general, setting him on a path to succeed his father and extend the Kim dynasty into a third generation.
To let the world see the man dubbed the "Young General," the regime allowed international journalists to capture the spectacle after more than two years of virtually closing its borders to foreign media. A select group of media outlets were given front-row seats at events where the Kims appeared.