Kim Jong-il birthday: North watches tributes, South sends propaganda balloons

Kim Jong-il’s different birthday celebrations in North and South Korea dramatize current tensions. For the first time the South's President Lee openly supported groups lofting balloons northward with leaflets bearing insulting messages.

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    An image of North Korea's heir apparent Kim Jong-un (c.) is shown on the screen during a performance to celebrate the 69th birthday of their leader, Kim Jong-il, in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
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    North Korean hotel workers dance to celebrate the 69th birthday of their leader, Kim Jong-il, in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
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