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North Korea honours scientists, workers behind nuclear test

Published on Feb 24, 2013 10:25 AM
North Koreans attend a rally celebrating the country's third nuclear test at the Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang February 14, 2013 in this picture taken and released by the North's official KCNA news agency. North Korea conducted nuclear test on Tuesday. Korean characters read,"Go forward for the last victory along with great comrade Kim Jong-Un!".  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

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