Europe News Desk!! North Korea is preparing to hold celebrations with dance performances and fireworks in Pyongyang on Saturday to mark the 111th birth anniversary of the country’s late founder Kim Il-sung. North Korea’s official Korean Central Television said a series of events would be held at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported. But there was no mention of mass demonstrations and events. The North usually marks every 5th and 10th political anniversary with major celebrations. Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader and grandson of the late founder, is unlikely to attend the event. He had previously attended military parades in 2012 and 2017 to mark the 100th and 105th birth anniversaries of his late grandfather.
Kim Jong-un also attended a public meeting on his grandfather’s birthday last year. Pyongyang has prepared a celebration for the late founder’s birthday with various art shows and commemorative postage stamps of its late leader. On Friday, North Korea said it launched a new solid-fuel Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time. North Korea launched a new ICBM on Thursday under the guidance of its leader to verify the performance of the high-thrust solid-fuel engine for the multi-stage missiles, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The latest launch also came amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Indeed, the North has not responded to routine cross-border calls through inter-Korean contact and military communication lines since April 7. Pyongyang has recently conducted other major weapons tests in protest of joint springtime military exercises between South Korea and the US, such as the launch of the Hwasong-17 ICBM on 16 March and what it claimed to be an underwater nuclear attack drone.
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