Pyongyang’s favourite newsreader – a woman in her 70s — returned to the airwaves Sunday to declare its proud possession of a hydrogen bomb.
Ri Chun-Hee has previously told her loyal viewers of the deaths of the country’s founder Kim Il-Sung and his son Kim Jong-Il, several of the nuclear tests that have seen it subjected to multiple rounds of United Nations sanctions.
Nowadays her appearances are rare, but two months ago she announced the launch of its intercontinental ballistic missile, and she was back on Korean Central Television screens Sunday with its latest milestone.
Ahead of the announcement, it showed military parades, missile launches, fireworks over the monument to the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party, and other patriotic images.
In front of a backdrop of Mt Paektu, the dormant volcano on the Chinese border that is the fount of Korean nationhood, she trembled with excitement, smiling broadly as she pronounced the test’s “perfect success”.
It “clearly proved” that the North’s nuclear weapons had a “highly precise basis”, she said … (read more)