A North Korean Anniversary and Debut as presented by: Boston Big Picture

North Korea is in the midst of a series of large-scale events designed to both commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers' Party, and to introduce heir apparent Kim Jong Un to the North Korean people and the world. Current leader Kim Jong Il is now 69 years old and ailing, and has now positioned his twenty-something son, Kim Jong Un, as his successor through recent military and party promotions, and through media coverage of him by his father's side. Many western reporters were invited to these performances, though their freedom to cover events was still limited by minders. Collected here are images from the recent highly-orchestrated events in Pyongyang, and the "young general" Kim Jong Un. North Korean soldiers attend the Arirang mass games to mark the 65th anniversary of the communist nation's ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. Leader Kim Jong Il brought dancers at the Arirang mass games to tears Saturday by making a rare appearance at the festival on the second day of celebrations in the North Korean capital. North Korea leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un is photographed as he attends a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation's ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. Kim Jong Un's recent public prominence and promotion have signaled him as the heir apparent to his ailing father's ruling position in North Korea. A costumed dancer performs in the Arirang mass games in Pyongyang.

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