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KJU Poses for a Photo with Participants in the Fifth Nuclear Test


Photo-op took place at Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun. Over 500 personnel were in attendance from the Nuclear Weapons Institute [NWI], the Second Economic Committee [SEC], the Second Academy of Natural Sciences [SANS], the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Staff Nuclear-Chemical Bureau, the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces [MPAF] and other personnel of the WPK Munitions Industry Department. Photo credit: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his observation and guidance of a rocket engine test at the Sohae Space Center
DPRK state media reported on September 22, 2016 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un [Kim Cho’ng-un] posed for a photo with the contributors of the nuclear test. Also in attendance were Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman, Director of the WPK Munitions Industry Department and State Affairs Commission Member Ri Man Gon [Ri Man-ko’n] and WPK Munitions Industry Department Deputy Director, Nuclear Bureau chief and WPK Central Committee Member Hong Sung Mu [Hong Su’ng-mu].
Upon his arrival, the people at the event “warmly welcomed him, extending boundless thanks”. Jong Un waved back and saluted them. He then “expressed expectation and belief that they would register more fresh achievements in consolidating the strategic position of the DPRK as a full fledged nuclear power.” Then they all posed for a commemorative photo. Following the photo, Jong Un “warmly waved back to the cheers ‘hurrah!’ of the participants again.”

a) Hong Sung Mu b) Ri Man Gon Photo credit: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun


On September 22, 2016 an editorial was released by KCNA and Rodong Sinmun. It said:
History proves that peace cannot be achieved by chanting anti-war slogans or building up public opinion critical of it, the article notes, and goes on:
It is because some international bodies are now being used as tools for justifying the imperialists’ war policy.
The DPRK has taken a series of important measures to bolster up its nuclear force as it has keenly realized truth that it is necessary to radically bolster up the nuclear deterrence while countering the U.S. harsh hostile policy and nuclear war moves against it with the toughest counteractions.
The DPRK carried out the nuclear warhead explosion test, the highest level of the work for putting the technology of mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic rockets, because the U.S. and south Korean puppet authorities’ moves to stifle the DPRK have reached their height.
The nuclear warhead explosion test is part of the practical countermeasures against the U.S. and other hostile forces’ threat and sanctions.
Now the U.S. and its followers talk rubbish that they would tighten sanctions against the DPRK over its self-defensive nuclear warhead explosion test. However, it is nothing but foolish sophism of those frightened by the nuclear power of the DPRK.
The enemies are now going reckless in their moves to stifle by force of arms the DPRK which fully demonstrated once again its strategic position as a full-fledged nuclear weapons state through the nuclear warhead explosion test. It is as foolish an act as jumping into fire with faggot on their backs.
Neither sanctions nor provocations nor threats can bring down the DPRK’s position as a nuclear weapons state.
Only merciless nuclear strikes are awaiting the war maniacs resorting to reckless political and military provocations.

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