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North Korea Marks Major Anniversary, but No Missile Test

North Korea has marked the 101st anniversary of the birthday of its late founder, Kim Il Sung -- an occasion many believed the Stalinist state would use to carry out a missile test and increase regional tensions.
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North Korean party officials visit Mankyongdae, the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il-sung, on the 101st anniversary of his birth, April 15, 2013.
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North Korean party officials visit Mankyongdae, the birthplace of North Korean founder Kim Il-sung, on the 101st anniversary of his birth, April 15, 2013.

A North Korean soldier guards the entrance to Pyongyang's Kumsusan mausoleum, where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, April 15, 2013.
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A North Korean soldier guards the entrance to Pyongyang's Kumsusan mausoleum, where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, April 15, 2013.

A man, center, supervises a dancing group during a mass folk dance in front of the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, April 15, 2013.
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A man, center, supervises a dancing group during a mass folk dance in front of the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, April 15, 2013.

A North Korean child covers the eyes of her father as she sits on his shoulders watching mass folk dancing in front of Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, April 15, 2013.
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A North Korean child covers the eyes of her father as she sits on his shoulders watching mass folk dancing in front of Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, April 15, 2013.

Anti-North Korean protesters chant slogans in front of effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) and his father, the late leader of the North Kim Jong Il in central Seoul, April 15, 2013.
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Anti-North Korean protesters chant slogans in front of effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) and his father, the late leader of the North Kim Jong Il in central Seoul, April 15, 2013.

Anti-war activists wearing military clothes of a North, left, and South Korean hug each other during a rally to mark Global Day of Action on Military Spending in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, April 15, 2013.
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Anti-war activists wearing military clothes of a North, left, and South Korean hug each other during a rally to mark Global Day of Action on Military Spending in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, April 15, 2013.

South Korean army soldiers walk by barricades set up on Unification Bridge near the border village of Panmunjom, Paju, north of Seoul, April 15, 2013.
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South Korean army soldiers walk by barricades set up on Unification Bridge near the border village of Panmunjom, Paju, north of Seoul, April 15, 2013.

South Korean soldiers talk as they repair a trench near the demilitarized zone separating North Korea from South Korea in Paju, north of Seoul, April 15, 2013.
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South Korean soldiers talk as they repair a trench near the demilitarized zone separating North Korea from South Korea in Paju, north of Seoul, April 15, 2013.

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