Crowds in North Korea celebrate news of nuke test

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) – Tens of thousands of North Korean soldiers and civilians have gathered at squares and indoor venues in Pyongyang for state-orchestrated massive celebrations of the country’s fourth nuclear test.

People were seen dancing in the streets Friday, two days after North Korea announced it has successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb.

North Korea’s state media say the events were attended by senior members of the country’s leadership, including Premier Pak Pong Ju.

The largest crowd, estimated by the state media at 100,000, gathered at a square named after the late Kim Il Sung, the nation’s beloved founder and the grandfather of the current leader Kim Jong Un. At the square, soldiers stood under a banner that read: “We passionately celebrate the historic national event that is the success of the first hydrogen bomb test.”

It is unclear whether Kim, whose birthday is also believed to be Friday, attended the celebrations.

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