Pyongyang, North Korea
Anger over sanctions: North Korea said the “evil” sanctions the U.N. placed on it this week have only stiffened its resolve to rapidly build a nuclear weapon that can strike the U.S. The U.N. Security Council levied the sanctions—which limit oil imports to North Korea and prohibit it from exporting textiles, a key source of hard currency for the isolated country—in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test. North Korea has claimed the Sept. 3 test was of a hydrogen bomb, and this week, leader Kim Jong Un threw a huge party for the scientists, technicians, and military officials who contributed to the effort. Guests feasted at a banquet as singers performed and posed for photos with Kim himself. “The recent test of the H-bomb is the great victory won by the Korean people at the cost of their blood while tightening their belts in the arduous period,” Kim said.
Celebrating the nuclear test