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North Korea celebrates its late leader, and missile launch

  • Two military guides stand near displays of flowers named after the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at a flower show to mark his birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The annual event kicks off several days of celebrations in the North and this year also featured a depiction of the country's latest missile, which it test-launched on Sunday despite international sanctions. (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge)

    Two military guides stand near displays of flowers named after the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at a flower show to mark his birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The annual event kicks off several days of celebrations in the North and this year also featured a depiction of the country's latest missile, which it test-launched on Sunday despite international sanctions. (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge)  (The Associated Press)

  • People stand near displays of flowers named after the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at a flower show to mark his birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The annual event kicks off several days of celebrations in the North and this year also featured a depiction of the country's latest missile, which it test-launched on Sunday despite international sanctions. Kim's portrait is seen in the background. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

    People stand near displays of flowers named after the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at a flower show to mark his birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The annual event kicks off several days of celebrations in the North and this year also featured a depiction of the country's latest missile, which it test-launched on Sunday despite international sanctions. Kim's portrait is seen in the background. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)  (The Associated Press)

  • A portrait of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and a depiction of the country's newest missile, left, are displayed at a flower show marking Kim's birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The annual event kicks off several days of celebrations in the North and this year also featured a depiction of the country's latest missile, which it test-launched on Sunday despite international sanctions. (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge)

    A portrait of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and a depiction of the country's newest missile, left, are displayed at a flower show marking Kim's birthday in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. The annual event kicks off several days of celebrations in the North and this year also featured a depiction of the country's latest missile, which it test-launched on Sunday despite international sanctions. (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge)  (The Associated Press)

North Korea has celebrated its latest missile launch, which foreign experts were analyzing for evidence of advancement in the country's missile capabilities.

For the next several days, North Korea will be marking the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il, father of current leader Kim Jong Un. The major holiday this Thursday is called the "Day of the Shining Star" and will be feted with figure skating and synchronized swimming exhibitions, fireworks and mass rallies.

At the opening Tuesday of a flower festival featuring a begonia named "Kimjongilia," the missile was front and center, too.