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Ordinary North Koreans unfazed by Trump

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 01:11

As North Korea prepares to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il Sung, ordinary citizens seem unfazed by Donald Trump's pledge to ''sort out the problem'' of Pyongyang's nuclear program. Graham Mackay reports.

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As U.S. warships head for the Korean Peninsula and tensions ratchet up across the region, the people of Pyongyang appear to have something much closer to home on their minds. Saturday (April 15) marks the 105th anniversary of North Korea's founding father Kim Il Sung, and it's the biggest day on the national calendar. Massive celebrations are being prepared, including a military parade through the capital, leaving little room for concern about Donald Trump and his pledge that all options are on the table when it comes to stopping North Korea's nuclear program. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) PYONGYANG RESIDENT, RI HYON SIM, SAYING: "I am a normal citizen, so I don't concentrate on politics too much, but one thing is very very clear, so long as we are with our supreme leader Marshall Kim Jong Un we are not afraid of anything." As the day of celebration draws near the rest of the world is looking at North Korea for a different reason. The country is known to carry out weapons tests around big national events - that's got Washington watching it closely. And maybe just a few eyes from Pyongyang looking back. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 28 YEAR OLD TOUR GUIDE HYON UN MI, SAYING: "We always watch the action of the U.S."

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Ordinary North Koreans unfazed by Trump

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 01:11