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North Korea marks anniversary of founder's birth with no sign of provocations

2018-04-16 09:20:27       source:Nikkei Asian Review

April 15, 2018

PYONGYANG (Kyodo) -- North Korea on Sunday marked the 106th anniversary of the birth of its late founder Kim Il Sung with no signs of provocations towards the international community amid a reduction in tensions following Pyongyang's shift toward diplomacy.

The anniversary, known in the country as the "Day of the Sun," is a major holiday. National flags and placards have been placed along major streets of Pyongyang in celebration of the founder, who died in 1994.

In the run-up to North Korea's planned summits with South Korea and the United States, political slogans in public spaces made no mention of the country's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

The nation's leader Kim Jong Un, grandson of Kim Il Sung, is expected to talk about denuclearization with South Korean President Moon Jae In on April 27 and U.S. President Donald Trump at a summit to be held possibly by the end of May or in early June.

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