North Korea celebrates nuclear tests

Fireworks blazed through the sky in North Korea’s capital Wednesday night as thousands of people attended a mass rally to celebrate the regime’s weekend nuclear test and rally speakers vowed to end “the destiny of the gangster-like U.S. imperialists.”

The scientists responsible for developing the supposed hydrogen bomb that was detonated Sunday were welcomed to streets of cheering citizens leading to Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square. Photos and a video released by the official Korean Central News Agency showed thousands more lining up in the capital.

 “[North Korea’s military] will put an end to the destiny of the gangster-like U.S. imperialists through the most merciless and strongest preemptive strikes if they and the hordes of traitors finally ignite a war,” rally speakers told attendees.

North Korea claimed Sunday’s blast was a “perfect success” and its largest detonation to date. Experts estimated the explosion to have a yield of at least 100 kilotons – four to five times more powerful than the explosion in Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.

This is the sixth nuclear test North Korea has conducted since the first one carried out in 2006. Leader Kim Jong Un has continued to make huge strides in the country’s nuclear and missile program since taking power in 2011 following his father’s death.

The successes have been largely credited…

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