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Sunday, December 23, 2012

North Korea's Kim Jong-un hosts massive banquet for Unha-3 rocket scientists

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hosted a banquet for scientists to celebrate the "successful" Unha-3 rocket launch two weeks ago, saying that it "showed off our overall national power" as the Communist leader called for development of more powerful rockets.

Kim had already called for sending more scientific satellites into space on the day of the launch. But his speech on Friday, December 21, 2012 marks the first time he is explicitly calling for the advancement of his country's long-range rocket program.

North Korea awarded a “hero’s title,” one of the highest accolades in the country, to 101 scientists and technicians involved in the rocket development, its state-run news media reported Sunday. More from The New York Times.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un addresses rocket scientists.

Performance given by the Moranbong Band in congratulatory concert to mark the successful launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2 with Kim Jong-un and his wife in attendance.

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