NKorea holds mass rally celebrating rocket launch
Some 100,000 North Koreans rallied in Pyongyang on Wednesday to celebrate their country’s rocket launch, the communist state’s official media reported.world Updated: Apr 08, 2009 17:15 IST
Some 100,000 North Koreans rallied in Pyongyang on Wednesday to celebrate their country’s rocket launch, the communist state’s official media reported.The rally on Kim II-Sung Square came one day before the new parliament meets. Analysts say blast-off was timed for maximum propaganda value ahead of the meeting, which will re-elect leader Kim Jong-Il to his most important post.
Senior communist party secretary Choe Thae-Bok described Sunday’s launch as a “historic feat” during the rally, which came a day after Pyongyang released footage of what it calls a peaceful space programme.Choe, according to the North’s broadcasting stations monitored by Yonhap news agency, called the exercise a “proud victory” which struck a “hammer blow” to imperialists and their followers trying to stifle North Korea.
The launch is attributable to Kim’s brilliant army-first leadership, Choe said.He called for unity around the 67-year-old leader, who is widely reported to have suffered a stroke last August.The North insists the rocket placed into orbit a satellite which is beaming back patriotic songs.
South Korea, Japan and the US military say there is no sign of the object in space and the launch was in any case a disguised long-range missile test.
First Published: Apr 08, 2009 17:13 IST