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Thousands rally to celebrate North Korea rocket launch

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North Koreans attend a rally to celebrate the successful launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket, which carried the second version of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite, in Pyongyang on December 14, 2012.

South Korean navy ships have found what appeared to be debris from the rocket launched by North Korea this week. NBCNews.com's Alex Witt reports.

Reuters reports — When North Korea's Kim Jong Un commemorates a year of his rule next week, he will be able to declare he has fulfilled the country's long-held dream of becoming a "space powerhouse".

In a mass parade in Pyongyang on Friday, tens of thousands of soldiers dressed in olive green and standing in serried ranks, as well as bareheaded civilians, celebrated this week's successful rocket launch, hailing Kim's "victory".

"Under the great leadership of Kim Jong Un, we are carrying out a sacred task towards our last victory so as to build strong and prosperous nation," Kim Ki Nam, a politburo member from the Workers Party of Korea, told the applauding and cheering crowds that turned out in freezing temperatures. Read the full story.

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Kim Jong-Un smokes a cigarette at the General Satellite Control and Command Center after the launch of the Unha-3 (Milky Way 3) rocket in Cholsan county, North Pyongan province on December 12, 2012.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Photo released by the state-run North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 14.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un celebrating with staff members at the Pyongyang General Satellite Control Command Center after the successful launch of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite on December 12, 2012.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Photo released by the state-run North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 14.

Kyodo via Reuters

North Korean soldiers attend a rally to celebrate the successful launch of the rocket, in Pyongyang on December 14, 2012.

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North Korean military band members perform during a mass rally organized to celebrate the success of a rocket launch at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on Dec. 14, 2012.

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North Koreans applaud in front of portraits of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung (L) and late leader Kim Jong-il as they gather at a rally in Pyongyang on December 14, 2012.

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