14 December 2012
Last updated at 09:44
There was dancing in North Korea's streets, as hundreds of thousands gathered at the Kim Il-sung square in the capital, Pyongyang, to celebrate Wednesday's successful rocket launch.
The rocket, launched after a previous failed bid in April, sent a satellite into space. South Korea's navy was able to retrieve part of it which fell west of the Korean peninsula.
At the Kim Il-sung square, soldiers applauded near signs that praised Mr Kim as a "great leader". Television footage also showed rows and rows of people in straight lines, clapping.
A marching band performed during the rally. Party officials also gave rousing speeches that extolled the positive impact that the rocket launch would have on the country.
At the rally, countless praises were heaped on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, seen here at the satellite control centre in Pyongyang during Wednesday's launch.
Mr Kim gave the final written order and "keenly observed the whole processes of the launch," state-run KCNA news agency reported on Thursday.
State television also broadcast images of Mr Kim celebrating with members of the satellite control centre. On Friday, KCNA released a statement saying that Kim Jong-un had called for more such launches. The US and other nations condemned the launch as a banned test of long-range missile technology.