North Korea's Kim Jong-Un Throws A Party To Celebrate The Success Of Country's Nuclear Test

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Maverick North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is celebrating the success of nuclear test carried out last week. He hosted a big celebration to mark the success and also congratulated North Korea's nuclear scientists, the official news agency said on Sunday.

The United States and its allies had been bracing for another long-range missile launch in time for the 69th anniversary of North Korea’s founding on Saturday, but no fresh provocations were spotted while the North Korea held numerous events to mark the holiday.

Throughout last week, South Korean officials had warned the North could launch another intercontinental ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. sanctions and amid an escalating standoff with the United States.

Washington told the U.N. Security Council on Friday to call a meeting on Monday to vote on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear program.

The Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said it was vital to put pressure on North Korea through additional sanctions, including blocking or slowing its fuel supplies.

“If we put firm pressure on North Korea such that it realizes it cannot develop missiles, it will accept dialogue and we can progress with diplomatic efforts,” Onodera told public broadcaster NHK on Sunday. “Unless we firmly apply pressure, North Korea will not change its direction.”

However, the country did not reveal or indicate when the launch might take place.

Sunday's blast, when North Korea tested a Hydrogen bomb, had the strength of 50 kilotons.

The KCNA said Kim-Jong-Un threw a banquet to laud the nuclear scientists and other top military and party officials who contributed to the nuclear bomb test last Sunday, topped with an art performance and a photo session with the North Korean Leader himself.

The KCNA did not specify when the banquet had been held, but analysts said it had likely been on Saturday.

Photos released on Sunday by KCNA showed the young leader Kim Jong Un breaking into a broad smile at the People’s Theater with two prominent scientists: Ri Hong Sop, head of North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Institute, and Hong Sung Mu, deputy director of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea’s munitions industry department.

Ri and Hong have played vital roles in the North’s nuclear program, appearing at close distance to Kim Jong-Un during field inspections and weapons tests, including the latest nuclear test. Ri is a former director of Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center, North Korea’s main nuclear facility north of Pyongyang, where Hong also worked as a chief engineer.

The North Korea had said the latest test was an advanced hydrogen bomb. There was no independent confirmation but some Western experts said there was enough strong evidence to suggest the reclusive state has either developed a hydrogen bomb or was getting very close.

Photos released on Sunday by KCNA showed the young leader breaking into a broad smile at the People’s Theater with two prominent scientists: Ri Hong Sop, head of North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Institute, and Hong Sung Mu, deputy director of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea’s munitions industry department.

Ri and Hong have played vital roles in the North Korea’s nuclear program, appearing at close distance to Kim-Jong-Un during field inspections and weapons tests, including the latest nuclear test. Ri is a former director of Yongbyon Nuclear Research Center, North Korea’s main nuclear facility north of Pyongyang, where Hong also worked as a chief engineer.

North Korea had said the latest test was an advanced hydrogen bomb. There was no independent confirmation but some Western experts said there was enough strong evidence to suggest the reclusive state has either developed a hydrogen bomb or was getting very close

The KCNA said service personnel and civilians, including children, laid floral baskets and bouquets at the statues of the deceased leaders across the country while enjoying art performances and dancing parties.

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