The Straits Times
Published on Dec 14, 2012

N. Korea holds mass celebration of rocket launch


SEOUL (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of North Korean soldiers and civilians rallied Friday in the centre of Pyongyang for a mass celebration of the country's long-range rocket launch, state television showed.

The huge crowds in Kim Il Sung Square cheered and applauded as they listened to speeches hailing the success of Wednesday's launch and praising the "bravery and wisdom" of the country's new, young leader, Kim Jong Un. N. Korea holds mass celebration of rocket launch

"This was achieved thanks to the Great Marshall Kim Jong Un's endless loyalty, bravery and wisdom," said Jang Chol, president of the State Academy of Sciences.

The rally came hours after state media published a statement by Kim Jong Un ordering more satellite launches in the future, despite the global outrage and UN condemnation triggered by Wednesday's launch.