North Korea honours scientists, workers behind nuclear test
SEOUL (AFP) - 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 Feb 12 atomic test, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 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.