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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.
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 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:
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 Koreans are celebrating the 101st birthday of Kim Il-sung, the country's founder.
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.
The capital's streets were lined with celebratory flags and banners in tribute to the former president.
Today North Korea will hold a day of national celebration in to mark the birthday of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung.
It is thought that leaders may use the anniversary to launch a missile test, Daybreak's Richard Gaisford reports.
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.
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.