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Kim Jong Un attends concert feting North Korea missile launch

/ 01:50 PM July 11, 2017

This image made from undated video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea’s KRT on July 10, 2017, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un waves to the audience in Pyongyang. (KRT via AP Video)

TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has attended a concert replete with pop music and thunderous applause to fete the successful launch of his country’s first intercontinental ballistic missile.

Leading the bill at the concert was the Moranbong Band, an all-female ensemble that was hand-picked by Kim and serves as something of the “soft” face of his regime.

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Pyongyang has been the scene of a slew of special events to mark the July 4 launch of Hwasong-14, which is believed to be capable of reaching most of Alaska and possibly further.

The concert, played before a packed crowd, many in uniform, also featured dancing.

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Clips of it shown on North Korean television on Monday showed the crowd repeatedly cheering and applauding for Kim./rga

This image made from undated video of a news bulletin aired by North Korea’s KRT on July 10, 2017, soldiers applaud North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang. (KRT via AP Video)

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