North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has voted in the election of a deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly.
North Korean voters are going to polling stations today to elect a new national legislature, but their choices are limited to only one candidate per district.
The vote for the Supreme People's Assembly is the first in five years and the first under leader Kim Jong Un.
As North Korea heads to the polls, pictures have emerged of jubilant celebrations in the capital, Pyongyang.
Dressed in military uniform, large crowds are seen dancing to lively brass band music.
Today sees the first election in North Korea since 2009 and the first since leader Kim Jong-un came to power.
Despite celebrations across the country, the elections are widely regarded to be for show alone.
The ballot papers for each district contain only one name: the one endorsed by the ruling party.
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Retired US basketball star Dennis Rodman has apologised for comments he made about an imprisoned US missionary in North Korea, CNN said on Thursday, quoting a statement.
Rodman appeared to suggest in an interview that Kenneth Bae, rather than the North Korean authorities, was responsible for his incarceration.
"I want to apologise, I take full responsibility," Rodman was quoted as saying, adding that he had been drinking on a stressful day.
Dennis Rodman led an auditorium of North Koreans in singing "Happy Birthday" to their leader Kim Jong Un.
The celebration comes a day after the former U.S. basketball star sparked controversy by appearing to suggest a Korean-American was to blame for his captivity in the restrictive state.
Rodman brought a team of fellow former NBA stars to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, to mark the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un with an exhibition game.
The birthday is believed to have been on Wednesday though that has not been confirmed.
Simon Cockerell, a tour guide who watched the game in Pyongyang, said the audience had stood and cheered Kim for up to six minutes when he appeared with his wife.
Former basketball player Dennis Rodman raised international outrage during his fourth trip to North Korea after he appeared to suggest that Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae was to blame for his captivity in the restrictive country.
"If you understand what Kenneth Bae did ... Do you understand what he did in this country? Why is he held captive in this country?" Mr Rodman said in an interview with CNN, declining to respond to questions to clarify what he meant.
Former basketball player Dennis Rodman is in North Korea with a dozen former NBA colleagues to play an exhibition game. He said he hoped the trip would show people that the secretive state is "not that bad".
Mr Bae's sister, Terri Chung, said her family was "outraged" by his comments. "He is playing games with my brother's life," Chung said in a statement.
Asked about Rodman's comments, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, "I'm not going to dignify that outburst with a response."
Dennis Rodman declared his love for the leader of North Korea Kim Jon-un today, according to the AFP news agency.
Asked whether he planned to raise issues of human rights on his trip, he reportedly said:
But I am not going to sit there and go 'Hey guy, you are doing the wrong thing. That is not the right way to do it. He is my friend first ... and I love him.
Retired US basketball player Dennis Rodman has compared his forthcoming visit to North Korea to the Olympics.
He was speaking to reporters at Beijing Capital International Airport as he prepared to leave for Pyongyang.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has delivered a rare televised address to mark the new year.
On South Korea
It is time to end abuse and slander that is only good for doing harm and anything to hinder reconciliation and unity should not happen anymore. South Korean authorities should stop reckless fratricidal confrontation and fuss about 'North Korean sympathisers' while listening to the voice of people demanding the democratic unification and independence. They should come forward to improve North-South ties.
On military aggression
Dangerous circumstances are being established, which could make a minor military collision spark an all-out-war. If a war breaks out on this land, it will bring a tremendous nuclear disaster. Even the United States will never be safe.
On his executed uncle
Our party took firm measures to get rid of a faction of sewage that permeated the party. Our unity strengthened hundredfold and party and revolutionary lines became much more solid by purging the anti-party and anti-revolutionary faction.