Pyongyang celebrates latest missile test

The Associated Press

Military personnel gather at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on Friday.

AFP-Jiji SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — North Korea held mass celebrations for its latest successful long-range missile test, Pyongyang’s state media said Saturday, with a propaganda-filled display of fireworks and dancing in public squares.

The ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun covered its front page with color photographs showing thousands of tightly packed soldiers and people applauding in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung square, which was decorated with large portraits of North Korea’s late leaders.

“We heartily celebrate the successful test launch of the Hwasong-15, which showed Chosun [North Korea]’s power and greatness to the whole world,” read one banner held up by the crowd, referring to the missile.

North Korea on Wednesday successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile, with leader Kim Jong Un declaring his country had now achieved full nuclear statehood.

Kim himself was absent from the celebrations but Friday’s gathering drew key military, party and government leaders.Speech

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