journalists visiting North Korea have been told to prepare for a "big
and important event" on Thursday, although there were no indications it
was directly linked to tensions in the region over the isolated state's
nuclear weapons program.
200 foreign journalists are in Pyongyang as the country marks the 105th
birth anniversary of its founding president Kim Il Sung on April 15,
North Korea's biggest national day called "Day of the Sun".
gave no details as to the nature of the event or where it would take
place, and similar announcements in the past have been linked to
relatively low-key set pieces.
2016, for example, foreign journalists underwent hours of investigation
by North Korean officials ahead of what turned out to be a pop concert
to mark the finale of a ruling Workers' Party congress.