North Koreans in the dark on war, prepare to mark founder’s birthday

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North Korea took on a celebratory tone on Monday as residents poured into the streets of Pyongyang to mark the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il-sung.

The mood was far from panic mode. The Associated Press reported that few have the access and ability to catch the international headlines and may not even know of the nation’s preparations for war. North Korea’s state-run media didn’t give much detail about the ongoing threats.

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AP reported the Workers’ Party newspaper only had one line at the end of a feature story on leader Kim Jong-un that included a vow to topple the “robber-like U.S. imperialists.”

The office space that was once occupied by his grandfather is now a memorial, and it was opened to the public for the birthday celebration. What was once a huge cement plaza is now filled with fountains, park benches and flowers, AP said.

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