TODAY   |  April 14, 2013

Korean Peninsula tense as anniversary of North’s founder nears

Monday marks the anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s founder, which is usually marked with displays of military power. The region remains on alert as Secretary of State John Kerry works with allies in the region. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

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>>> last leg of his tour in asia as he continues to look for support to curbing north korea's nuclear program . chief foreign correspondent richard engel is live in seoul, south korea , with the very latest for us. richard, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, lester. we are still here in seoul, and we are still waiting for north korea to test-fire at least one missile. we've been waiting now for days. is it hype? will it actually happen? tomorrow is a possibility. tomorrow is the anniversary of the birth of north korea 's founder. it is a time when there are traditionally military parades , military displays of power. it might happen then. the region remains on alert. so much so that one japanese official yesterday accidentally issued a warning to airports saying that the missile had already been fired, causing at least one airline delay. what you mentioned, however, on the diplomatic front, with secretary kerry in the region, could be the most significant development so far. the u.s. and china appear to be getting on the same page regarding north korea . both sides saying that there should be a resumption of negotiations, there should be work to denuclearize north korea . but north korea saying it will never give up its nuclear weapons . lester?

>> richard, thank you.