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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un attended a ceremony marking the end of the Korean War, at a new cemetery designed to honour soldiers who died fighting against South Korea, and the United States and its allies.

Crowds clapped as Kim and senior North Korean officials saluted a giant sculpture of a gun and bayonet that towers over the newly laid-out graves.

And while they laid a wreath in front of this new monument, an American veteran of the same conflict watched.

Thomas Hudner was a US Navy pilot during the Korean War. He has come back to North Korea, in search of the remains of his friend, Jesse Brown, who died during the war.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Hudner, American veteran of the Korean War:

"Well it's a very emotional occasion, to be here with so many veterans, but not only veterans, but the people of the nation, who turned out to show their support to all the veterans. And as American veteran, I'm delighted to see that our former foe and we share some of the same feelings about this. So it's great to be here."

This new cemetery opening is just the first of a series of events over the coming days that Pyongyang hopes will reinforce its version of the history of the Korean War.

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