North Korea celebrates founder's birthday

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North Korean technicians man computer terminals at North Korea's space agency's General Launch Command Center on the outskirts of  Pyongyang Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Engineers are pumping fuel into a rocket that is set to carry a satellite into space, officials at the North Korean space agency's central command center said Wednesday, showing reporters a live feed of the west coast launch pad. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

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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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