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N. Korea opens 2018 with big fireworks

All News 10:27 January 01, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has welcomed the new year with massive fireworks at an annual gala initiated by its leader Kim Jong-un.

The display of the big fireworks was set off at midnight Sunday along the Taedong River near the Kim Il-sung Square and the Tower of Juche Idea in Pyongyang, where people thronged to watch the grand view. Juche means self-reliance.

The North's Central TV Station aired the event for about 15 minutes live, showing excited citizens cheering.

But leader Kim did not appear on the TV, and the broadcaster also did not mention the names of other political and military leaders.

The big fireworks, which began in 2013, two years after Kim became the North's leader, is reportedly designed to brighten up the social mood and boost people's confidence.

Massive fireworks are displayed to welcome New Year's Day in Pyongyang on Jan. 1, 2018, in this photo released by the (North) Korean Central News Agency. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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