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Thousands mark "Day of the Sun" in North Korea

Thousands mark "Day of the Sun" in North Korea
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Fireworks and lasers have lit up the skies in North Korea, as the country marks the 98th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Kim Il Sung.

There have been queues all week, as thousands lined up to lay flowers at the foot of a huge statue of the former guerilla-leader-turned-politician who founded the communist state in 1948.

Many North Koreans spent the day at the annual exhibition of Kimilsungia flowers, reportedly a special orchid bred in Indonesia and first presented to Kim Il Sung in 1965.

Meanwhile, activists in South Korea gathered on the border to hold their own birthday celebrations.

After burning the North Korean flag, they packed thousands of US dollars into balloons, along with DVDs, radios and leaflets denouncing the totalitarian government.

These were then sent over the border.