N Korea celebrates founder

North Korea celebrating its founder Kim Il-Sung's birth, after rejecting talks with South Korea aimed at reducing tensions between the two countries.

UK tour guide describes walking streets of Pyongyang

Getting into North Korea is notoriously difficult at the best of times, but with the country's recent talk of evacuating foreign diplomats it is almost impossible.

Read: Foreign Office: 'No plans to withdraw embassy'

But one British tour guide managed to gain access and ITV News' China Correspondent Angus Walker spoke to her via Skype.

Hannah Barraclough has been in the capital Pyongyang today and said she did not notice a larger military presence than usual:

North Korea celebrates anniversary of founder's birth

North Korea took a day off from its war of words with America to celebrate a major national holiday today - the101st anniversary of the birth of the nation's founder Kim Il-sung.

There has been no sign of the missile test that some feared may take place today to mark the occasion.

ITV News' China Correspondent Angus walker reports from South Korea:

Read: The long view: Looking back on an unscheduled trip around Pyongyang

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N Korea celebrates founder's birth with dancing party

North Korea celebrated the 101st anniversary of its founder's birth today with a festival of flowers and a dancing party.

The country's state-run television KRT showed thousands of people offering flowers to statues of Kim Il-sung and late leader Kim Jong-il.

KCNA, the North's news agency, reported that people were flocking to a statue of Kim Il-Sung and saying "my father, our great leader."

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was expected to attend a big military parade showcasing the country's armed forces but he was not shown today on state television.

Kim Jong-un effigies set on fire in South Korea

Effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the country's founder Kim Il-sung have been set on fire in a protest in Seoul, South Korea.

Kim Il-sung's 101st birthday is being celebrated in the North today.

An effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un burns in Seoul, South Korea. Credit: REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
An effigy of the North's founder Kim Il-sung was also set on fire. Credit: REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

North Koreans celebrate Kim Il-sung's 101st birthday

North Koreans are celebrating the 101st birthday of Kim Il-sung, the country's founder.

North Koreans walk towards statues of North Korea's founding president Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il. Credit: APTN

State media reported that current president Kim Jong-un, grandson of Kim Il-sung, paid his respects by visiting the Pyongyang mausoleum early this morning.

People lay flowers at the foot of the statues. Credit: APTN

The capital's streets were lined with celebratory flags and banners in tribute to the former president.

North Koreans bow to the statues after laying flowers. Credit: APTN

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North Korea prepares for celebration of founder's birth

North Korea is preparing for the annual celebration of its founder's birth today, after rejecting talks with South Korea aimed at reducing tensions between the two countries.

The North has threatened for weeks to attack the United States, South Korea and Japan since new U.N. after new sanctions were imposed in response to its nuclear arms test in February.

North Korean soldiers carry an image of Kim Il-sung during a mass parade to celebrate the founder's 100th birthday last year Credit: Reuters

Leader Kim Jong-un, the third Kim to rule in Pyongyang and the grandson of the state's founder, attended a midnight celebration of his father and grandfather's rule with top officials.

Kim Il-Sung's birthday is usually marked with a mass parade to showcase the North's military might.

Read: Looking back on an unscheduled trip around Pyongyang