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Thousands rally to celebrate North Korea rocket launch

North Koreans attend a rally to celebrate the successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, which carried the second version of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite, in Pyongyang on December 14, 2012.
North Koreans attend a rally to celebrate the successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, which carried the second version of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite, in Pyongyang on December 14, 2012.Kyodo via Reuters

Reuters reports — When North Korea's Kim Jong Un commemorates a year of his rule next week, he will be able to declare he has fulfilled the country's long-held dream of becoming a "space powerhouse".

In a mass parade in Pyongyang on Friday, tens of thousands of soldiers dressed in olive green and standing in serried ranks, as well as bareheaded civilians, celebrated this week's successful rocket launch, hailing Kim's "victory".

"Under the great leadership of Kim Jong Un, we are carrying out a sacred task towards our last victory so as to build strong and prosperous nation," Kim Ki Nam, a politburo member from the Workers Party of Korea, told the applauding and cheering crowds that turned out in freezing temperatures. Read the full story.

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