North Korea honours nuclear scientists

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This file photo taken on April 8, 2012 shows two North Korean soldiers standing guard in front of the Unha-3 rocket at Tangachai -ri space center. AFP FILE PHOTO

SEOUL – North Korea has awarded state medals and other honours to thousands of scientists and workers behind its recent nuclear test, state media said.

State decorations, medals and other benefits were given to 11,592 scientists, technicians, workers and other officials for their contribution to the February 12 atomic test, the Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday.

North Korea’s third nuclear test, which followed a widely-criticised long-range rocket launch staged last December, sparked unanimous condemnation at the UN Security Council.

The nuclear scientists and other officials who worked on the test however received a hero’s welcome in Pyongyang last week when they won a trip to the capital.

Residents turned out in throngs along the route with bouquets, banners and posters to give a “hearty welcome” and top officials including ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-Nam visited them at a hotel to offer congratulations.

“They are now spending pleasant days in Pyongyang, given greatest favour and privilege,” KCNA said.

The top officials praised the scientists and workers as “genuine patriots” and urged them to further develop nuclear technology to make the North “a matchless nuclear weapons state”, it added.

The impoverished but heavily-militarised North’s nuclear test was its most powerful to date, with Pyongyang claiming a breakthrough with a “miniaturised” device.

While the outside world was united in condemnation, the test triggered days of orchestrated celebrations and mass rallies in the isolated communist state.

The test followed a December rocket launch seen by the UN Security Council as a disguised ballistic missile test which could help Pyongyang develop a long-range missile potentially capable of reaching the US mainland.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had also awarded state medals and other benefits to the hundreds of scientists who worked on the rocket launch.

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  • delpillar

    11,592 scientists and engineers will be eating glutonously together with aleady blessed North Korean people, the 1,000,000 soldiers and cabinet ministers, and of course, his excellencey the great pig leader…. while the rests of about 22 million people are eating and sipping grass soup and rice congee with toppings none other than SALT,  

    There is the prohecy from Nostradamus about this new leader in North Korea:

    In the land of Asia there shall be born,
    an ugly fellow, so fat & thick (thick-faced and no shame),
    blowing loudly on his trumpet & horn,
    & being blessed with the smallest dicckk.

    • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

      Was that really what Nostradamus prophesied? The similarities to North Korea and Kim Jong Un are uncanny. Except for like, I don’t know if he’s got the smallest dīck.

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