North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (right) waves with China's Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Li Zhanshu from a balcony of the Grand People's House on Kim Il Sung square following military parade and mass rally on September 9, 2018. Image Credit: AFP

Pyongyang: North Korea held a military parade Sunday to mark its 70th birthday, but refrained from showing off the intercontinental ballistic missiles that have seen it hit with multiple international sanctions.

Troops, artillery and tanks made their way past leader Kim Jong-un in the centre of Pyongyang, but the largest missiles shown were short-range battlefield devices, an AFP reporter on scene witnessed.