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North Korean Dictator Hosts Lavish Banquet To Celebrate Country’s Largest Missile Test

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Kim Jong-Un has hosted a lavish banquet for his nuclear scientists in celebration of the country’s sixth and largest ever missile test. The North Korean leader is said to have invited top military and party officials to the celebration which included artist performances and a photo session with the leader himself, according to news agency KCNA.

It came around the same time officials were celebrating the 69th anniversary of North Korea’s founding on Saturday.

The United States and its allies had been bracing for another long-range missile test ahead of the anniversary, but no fresh provocations were spotted while the North held numerous events to mark the holiday.

Throughout last week, South Korean officials had warned the North could launch another intercontinental ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. sanctions and amid an escalating standoff with the United States.

Washington told the U.N. Security Council on Friday to call a meeting on Monday to vote on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear programme.

KCNA did not specify when the recent banquet had been held, but analysts said it had likely been on Saturday.

Photos released on Sunday by KCNA showed the young leader breaking into a broad smile at the People’s Theatre with two prominent scientists, Ri Hong Sop, head of North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Institute, and Hong Sung Mu, deputy director of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea’s munitions industry department.

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