North Korea celebrates founder's birthday

Associated Press
In this image made from KRT video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps before giving his first public speech during a massive celebration marking the 100th birthday of national founder Kim Il Sung, Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Kim Il Sung Square, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim praised his grandfather, as tens of thousands gathered in Pyongyang's main square for meticulously choreographed festivities that came two days after a failed rocket launch.   (AP Photo/KRT via AP video) NORTH KOREA OUT, TV OUT

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North Korea has held a series of events leading up to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of founder Kim Il-Sung on Apr. 15. Kim Jong Un gave his first public speech since taking power, portraying himself as a strong military chief unafraid of foreign powers as the army showed off what appeared to be a new long-range missile.

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