Nuclear test ‘heroes’ win Pyongyang trip
SEOUL - Agence France-PresseNorth 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 yesterday.
Scientists, technicians, workers and officials behind the Feb. 12 test received a hero’s welcome when they arrived in the capital, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
Residents turned out along the route with bouquets, banners and posters to give them a “hearty welcome.”
“They will spend significant days in Pyongyang, enjoying the greatest privileges,” KCNA said, promising a “joyful and delightful time” at the city’s open-air ice rink and roller skating center. The group will also visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, which holds the embalmed bodies of the country’s founder Kim Il-sung and his son and former leader Kim Jong-il.
North Korea’s third nuclear test was its most powerful to date, with Pyongyang claiming a breakthrough with a “miniaturised” device. While the outside world was united in condemnation, the test triggered mass rallies in North Korea. The current leader, Kim Jong-un, awarded state medals and other benefits to scientists who worked on the rocket launch.