Mis­siles and music: For Kim Jong Un, they go to­gether

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

North Korea's suc­cess­ful in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile launch is now music to its leader's ears - quite lit­er­ally. Kim Jong Un was feted at a con­cert re­plete with pop music and thun­der­ous ap­plause mark­ing last week's suc­cess­ful launch of his coun­try's first in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile. Among the num­bers per­formed were "Song of Hwa­song Rocket" and "Make Oth­ers Envy Us," the North's of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency re­ported.

Lead­ing the bill at the con­cert was the Mo­ran­bong Band, an all-fe­male en­sem­ble that was hand-picked by Kim and serves as some­thing of the "soft" face of his regime. Py­ongyang has been the scene of a slew of spe­cial events to mark the July 4 launch of Hwa­song-14, which is be­lieved to be ca­pa­ble of reach­ing most of Alaska and pos­si­bly far­ther. The launch is be­ing treated as a ma­jor na­tional mile­stone in North Korea, with the govern­ment and me­dia tout­ing it as a tech­no­log­i­cal break­through few other na­tions have achieved. The con­cert, which took place on Sun­day be­fore a packed crowd, many in uni­form, also fea­tured danc­ing.

Clips of the con­cert shown on North Korean tele­vi­sion on Mon­day showed the crowd re­peat­edly cheer­ing and ap­plaud­ing for Kim. Along with the Mo­ran­bong Band, the con­cert had North Korea's other top head­lin­ers - a sim­i­lar pop en­sem­ble called the Chong­bong Band, the uni­formed State Mer­ited Cho­rus and the Wang­jae­san Art Troupe. — AP

This image made from un­dated video of a news bul­letin aired by North Korea’s KRT shows North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un waves to the au­di­ence in Py­ongyang. — AP

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