North Korea Releases Postage Stamp Celebrating a Failed Nuclear Test Launch

30 Dec 2017  Sat

A set of postage stamps were released by North Korea to celebrate the nuclear launch of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile in December. The stamps feature Kim Jong-un inspecting the missile. The best part is that the stamp was released even though the test launch was a failure.

Though officials had claimed that the missile is more powerful than its predecessor and is capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, it only flew 600 miles, broke as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere and drowned in waters near Japan. The Hwasong-14 was launched in July which traveled 580 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan.

The first stamp celebrates the test-launch of the New-type ICBM Hwasong-15' which blasted off in a suburb of Pyongyang. A second one features Kim Jong-un inspecting a military site along with a text 'Accomplishment of the Historic Cause of Perfecting the National Nuclear Forces'. The third stamp features a missile launcher along with technical details about the nuclear test. The fourth one depicts a missile launcher when not in use, some technical details and a picture of the missile's blast-off. The fifth stamp features Korean text and Kim Jong-un at a desk.