North Korea

Kim Jong-un Throws Banquet for Rocket Scientists

February 16, 2016 13:41

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a banquet in Pyongyang on Monday for the scientists behind the launch of a space rocket, state-run [North] Korean Central TV said Monday.

Kim in a speech called for further launches of what he called "working satellites," the ostensible purpose of the rocket launch.

Guests applaud North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju (in red hanbok) at a banquet in Pyongyang on Monday. /Yonhap

In fact there is no evidence that the North has or is interested in satellite technology and the launch is widely seen as a test of long-range missile technology.

Kim was accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-ju, who was seen in public for the first time in nearly four months. 

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