N Korea stages fanfare and fireworks in honour of late leader

Fireworks explode as North Koreans celebrate the 20th anniversary of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's appointment as the General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 8, 2017 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 9, 2017.
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Pyongyang held large-scale parades and fireworks to celebrate 20 years since Kim Jong-il, the late father of current leader Kim Jong-un, became the leader of the nation, the North's state-run media reported Monday.

According to the Korea Central News Agency, the late leader's ascent to power was celebrated with much fanfare over the weekend across the country, including a large-scale fireworks display in the capital.

The fireworks display, held late Sunday, lit up the sky along the Daedong River, following a rally at Kim Il-sung Square earlier that day attended by some 100,000 people, including top officials.

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North Koreans celebrate the 20th anniversary of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's appointment as the General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang October 8, 2017 in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 9, 2017. ​Photo: Reuters

The weekend of celebrations are considered a warmup for the founding day of the nation's ruling Korea Worker's Party, an anniversary bearing substantial political significance for the communist state.

The South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae raised the possibility that the North may stage a military provocation this week to mark the special occasion for the nation.