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North Korea rewards nuclear test 'heroes' with 'fun-packed' trip to Pyongyang

Published on Feb 20, 2013 9:31 AM
This screen grab taken from North Korean TV on Feb 12, 2013 shows an announcer reading a statement on the country's nuclear test. North Korea on February 12 staged its most powerful nuclear test yet, claiming a technological breakthrough with a "miniaturised" device in a striking act of defiance to global powers including its sole patron China. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea is rewarding the scientists and workers behind its recent nuclear test with a fun-packed visit to Pyongyang to enjoy "the greatest privileges", state media said on Wednesday.

Scientists, technicians, workers and officials behind the Feb 12 test will visit the capital as the guests of the ruling Workers' Party, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

"They will spend significant days in Pyongyang, enjoying the greatest privileges and preferential treatment," KCNA said, promising a "joyful and delightful time" at the city's open-air ice rink and roller skating centre.

The group will also visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, which holds the embalmed bodies of North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung and his son and former leader Kim Jong-Il.

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