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North Koreans hold dance parties, celebrate Kim

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 - 00:38

April 11 - North Koreans in suits and brightly colored traditional dresses danced in public squares to mark the anniversary of leader Kim Jong-un's first year in power. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) North Korea's state-run television KRT on Thursday (April 11) showed young men in suits and young women, dressed in brightly colored traditional costumes, dancing in various squares to celebrate the first anniversary of its leader Kim Jong-un's official ascent to power. Despite the heady rhetoric from North Korea, Pyongyang does not appear to have placed its 1.2 million strong armed forces on high alert. Most observers say Pyongyang has no intention of igniting a conflict that could bring about its own destruction, but warn of the risks of miscalculation on the highly-militarized Korean peninsula. North Korea is due to observe several anniversaries in the coming few days that could be pretexts for displays of military strength. A North Korean mobile missile launcher has been put into a firing position with rockets facing skyward, reported Japan's Kyodo News on Thursday, citing a Japan defense official. South Korea said on Wednesday (April 10) that after weeks of threats of war, it was high probable that North Korea would test-launch a medium-range missile as a show of strength. Pyongyang has threatened a nuclear strike on the United States - something it does not have the capacity to do - and war with South Korea. These threats, however, appear to be aimed in part at boosting internal support for the North Korean leader.

North Koreans hold dance parties, celebrate Kim

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 - 00:38

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