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Updated Friday, February 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

N.Korea celebrates nuclear test with huge rally

The Associated Press

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in a snowy Pyongyang square as North Korean officials rally support for the country's recent nuclear test.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not appear at the rally Thursday. Workers' Party Secretary Kim Ki Nam told the crowd that Tuesday's nuclear test, the country's third, was a self-defensive measure against U.S. hostility.

The United Nations Security Council and Washington say the test violated U.N. resolutions. North Korea is believed to be trying to develop nuclear-armed missiles.

In December, North Korea launched a satellite into space using a long-range rocket. The U.N. and Washington said the launch was a test of banned ballistic missile technology and imposed tightened sanctions against the North.

North Korea conducted two previous nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.


JON CHOL JIN / AP
North Korean army officers and soldiers attend a rally at Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday in Pyongyang, North Korea, in celebration of the country's recent nuclear test.




JON CHOL JIN / AP
How North Korea celebrates Valentine's Day? Visitors attend the opening of the 17th Kimjongilia Festival on Thursday at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition Hall, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia are flowers named after late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.




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