North Korea held a military parade in Pyongyang on Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of its armed forces founding, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported, citing an unnamed informed source.

It was not immediately known whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended the parade, held at the capital's Kim Il Sung Square following a pre-parade event that started at 8:30 p.m., according to the report.

On the eve of the anniversary, Kim visited the quarters of general officers of the Korean People's Army on Tuesday and praised the nation's army, calling the troops "the strongest army in the world," state-run media reported.

But there was no mention of the country's nuclear program or the United States in his speech delivered at a banquet, also attended by his daughter, commemorating the anniversary.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front R) visits the quarters of general officers of the Korean People's Army with a girl thought to be his daughter (front L) on Feb. 7, 2023. (KCNA/Kyodo)

The leader attended the banquet with his "respected daughter," thought to be his second child Kim Ju Ae, aged around 10, and his wife Ri Sol Ju, according to pictures released by the official Korean Central News Agency.

It is unusual for the honorific word "respected" to be used for anyone other than North Korea's leader. Ri wore a necklace with a pendant in the apparent shape of a "Hwasong-17" intercontinental ballistic missile.

In November last year, state-run media described the girl as "most beloved" and "precious," fueling speculation that she could be a potential successor to her father.

North Korea first reported on the girl on Nov. 19 last year. She took part in a photo session with those involved in the Nov. 18 test-firing of the "Hwasong-17" ICBM.

The North Korean leader is believed to have three children -- a son, born in 2010, Kim Ju Ae, born in 2013 and a third, born in 2017, according to South Korean media.

In Tuesday's speech, Kim declared his country has "finally cultivated great and absolute strength, getting over untold pain and suffering for the sake of eternal peace," according to KCNA.

"Let us all redouble efforts and work harder to strengthen and develop our army and achieve the prosperity and development of our socialist country," he added.

NK News, a website that provides news and analysis on North Korea, said late last month, thousands of civilians in Pyongyang had been engaged in a practice for a military parade, based on its analysis of satellite imagery.

North Korea last staged a large-scale military parade in Kim Il Sung Square in April last year to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army, the predecessor of the present army.

On that occasion, Kim vowed to bolster the country's development of nuclear weapons at a faster pace and use them if its fundamental interests are threatened.

On Monday, North Korea discussed how to expand and intensify combat drills for the "perfecting" of its war preparedness in a meeting guided by Kim, according to KCNA.

Kim's presence at the meeting of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea marked his first public activity reported by the state-run media since Jan. 2.

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