SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea staged a large-scale military parade on Sunday but did not showcase intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of striking the United States in what appeared to be a low-key event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding, media reports showed.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who presided over the event at Kim Il-sung Square in central Pyongyang, also skipped giving an address to the people gathered there, according to the reports.

Thousands of troops marched through the square, trailed by tanks, armored vehicles and other weaponry, but ICBMs were conspicuously absent during the event that the North had prepared for months, they said.

"The largest missiles shown in the parade were short-range battlefield devices," the AFP reported from Pyongyang.

This contrasted with a military parade staged in February to celebrate the launch of its military in which North Korea displayed ICBM-level missiles, including the Hwasong-15.

Sunday's event also put less emphasis on tanks, missiles and soldiers than on civilian groups, such as nurses and construction workers, the Associated Press said.

Kim was flanked by other senior officials, including Kim Yong-nam, the North's nominal head of state, who delivered an opening speech, which focused on economic development, it added.

The North did not report on the parade live, and its media also remained silent on the event, with no recorded footage having aired as of 6 p.m. A group of foreign journalists were invited to witness the event.

Source: Yonhap News Agency