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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, far right, applauds with senior military officials as citizens wave flowers at an unveiling ceremony for statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, April 13, 2012. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

North Korea celebrates founder's birthday

North Korea has held a series of events leading up to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of founder Kim Il-Sung on Apr. 15. Kim Jong Un gave his first public speech since taking power, portraying himself as a strong military chief unafraid of foreign powers as the army showed off what appeared to be a new long-range missile.