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N. Korea issues special edition on founder's birthday events

All News 11:15 April 16, 2017

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean state-run daily on Sunday issued a special edition to widely cover a range of events that marked the birth anniversary of its late founder Kim Il-sung, the country's biggest national holiday.

The Roding Sinmun, a daily of the Workers' Party, added four more pages for its 10-page special edition to report on the events held the previous day to celebrate Kim's 105th birthday, called the Day of the Sun, that ranged from a massive military parade and a mass rally to a collective youth ball, banquets and art performances.

In particular, the paper allotted the first seven pages, with some 70 photos, entirely to the parade boasting strategic weapons, including a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and the mass rally at the Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang.

In addition, the second page paid homage to visits to the Kumsusan Memorial Hall, where Kim's body is enshrined.

Last year, the paper did not issue a special edition.

This image, captured from North Korea's Central TV, shows a military parade held in Pyongyang to mark the 105th birthday of the country's late founder Kim Il-sung on April 16, 2017. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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