N.Korea stages parade as Kim Jong Un looks on

North Korea has staged a parade of paramilitary and public security forces to mark the country's founding anniversary.

North Korea's state-run media say the event began at 12 a.m. Thursday in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang.

The parade consisted of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and other groups. There were no reports of the Korean People's Army taking part.

Leader Kim Jong Un watched the parade with other senior officials, but appears not to have made a speech.

Photos released by the ruling Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun do not show ballistic missiles or other large-sized weapons.

North Korea's economy is said to be devastated as the country has closed its borders and restricted trade to keep out the coronavirus.

The parade appears to be an effort to boost national unity by mobilizing people in the face of the crisis.