SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) - North Koreans have shown enthusiastic support for the nuclear scientists and officials who contributed to the North’s latest nuclear test, the North’s media said Thursday.
Waving decorative flowers on streets in Pyongyang, about 100,000 North Koreans cheered a procession of vehicles carrying the scientists and officials, according to the North’s state-run radio station.
It said those involved in the North’s hydrogen bomb test last week left Pyongyang on Wednesday after staying in Pyongyang for six days.’
North Korea usually mobilizes its people to show excessive reactions and promote its feats to the outside world for its major events, such as military parades.
North Korea conducted what it claimed was a successful test of its first hydrogen bomb on Jan. 6, its fourth nuclear test since 2006. Seoul and Washington have raised doubts about the credibility of the North’s claim.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un awarded state commendations on Tuesday to nuclear scientists, technicians and officials for their contributions to “demonstrating the dignity and might” of North Korea, according to the Korean Central News Agency.
The KCNA said Wednesday that Kim called for “bolstering up both in quality and quantity the nuclear force capable of making nuclear strikes” on the United States “any time and in any space.”