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North Korea Celebrates Ruling Party's 60th Anniversary


North Korea has marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of its ruling party with a mass gathering in the capital.

Supreme leader Kim Jong-il presided over the festivities Sunday night at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium.

The ruling Workers' Party was founded in 1945 by Kim Jong-il's father the late President Kim il-Sung, shortly after the Korean Peninsula was divided at the end of World War II.

There was no mention of the country's nuclear ambitions in speeches during Monday's celebrations.

North Korea agreed last month during six-nation talks in Beijing to abandon its nuclear weapons program in return for economic aid, energy assistance and security assurances.

The fifth round of six-nation talks is scheduled for early next month in Beijing.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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