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International Relations

North Korea celebrates successful launch of new missile

Pyongyang says nuclear weapon that can hit US ensures security

A view of celebrations at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang on December 1.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- North Korea held mass celebrations Friday in the capital Pyongyang to celebrate the "completion" of its nuclear missile capacity, following the successful test launch of its new intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15, the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said Saturday.

Pak Kwang-ho, vice chairman of the governing Workers Party, said in a speech that with the completion of nuclear weapons systems that can attack the mainland U.S., no one would be able to violate the country's autonomy, its right to develop, or the people's right to live. He called Nov. 29, the day of the missile's test launch, "a day of victory," and called on the U.S. to reverse its hostile policy toward the country.

After the ceremony to mark the missile's launch, the capital celebrated with fireworks and public dancing by citizens. 

The successful development of a missile that can reach the mainland U.S. is seen as an effort to enhance the authority of leader Kim Jong Un, and to strengthen the country's solidarity in the face of international sanctions.

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