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North Korea poised for more rocket launches

President Kim Jong-un of North Korea is testing the resolve of world powers and the UN Security Council in particular after he ordered for the launch of more missiles.

The iron-fisted ruler who recently executed his top army chief praised scientists involved in the country’s recent rocket launch that he said struck a “telling blow” to enemies and ordered them to press ahead with more launches according to North Korean state media.

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His order is coming after Washington and Seoul pressed hard to have Pyongyang slapped with strong sanctions after its last missile launch which experts view as a prohibited test of missile technology.

In a banquet staged in honour of scientists, officials and others who contributed to the February 7th rocket launch, Kim in a speech said the launch gave confidence and courage to his people and dealt a “telling blow to the enemies seeking to block the advance of our country,” he said, in an apparent reference to Seoul and Washington.

Continuing, Kim said the North’s launch decision was made when “the hostile forces were getting evermore frantic to suffocate” North Korea, and called for launching more working satellites in the future.

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