Mass rally in Pyongyang celebrates nuclear test

A+
A
A-

North Korean army officers and soldiers attend a rally at Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Pyongyang, North Korea, in celebration of the country’s recent nuclear test. The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea’s decision to conduct a third underground nuclear test earlier in the week in defiance of resolutions banning nuclear and missile activity. AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin

SEOUL – More than 100,000 troops and civilians staged a mass rally in Pyongyang to celebrate North Korea’s nuclear test and praise the “matchless” bravery of leader Kim Jong-Un, state media said Friday.

The rally in the capital’s sprawling Kim Il-Sung square on Thursday was attended by top party and military officials, as well as police workers and students, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

A number of speakers addressed the rally, praising Tuesday’s test as the “brilliant fruition of the extraordinary decision and matchless gut of the dear respected Kim Jong-Un”, KCNA said, in reference to the leader’s courage.

The young leader, who took over after the death of his father Kim Jong-Il in December 2011, did not attend the rally.

It was the North’s third test, following previous detonations in 2006 and 2009, and seismic data suggested it was significantly more powerful.

“It serves as a striking demonstration of the might of a scientific and technological power and a military power capable of manufacturing any strike,” KCNA said.

North Korea said the test — widely condemned by the international community — was a direct response to UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang after its long-range rocket launch in December.

Pyongyang accused the United States of leading the sanctions charge in the UN Security Council, and speakers at Thursday’s rally threatened “merciless retaliatory blows” if the US pushed tougher sanctions after the nuclear test.

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    look at all them smiling faces

  • jinx

    Haha, here lies a country of automatons controlled by Vandolf, the great hair-bearer.

  • AllaMo

    Pathetic. Reminds me of tatad released pics during the andy-meldy-juan martial law years.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUT4YW36QJREEGOBH5IYKNQMKI Kokak

    Natatawa ako sa mga north koreans, i cant believe such a society still exists today. Pero minsan parang mas naaawa ako sa mga pilipino. Ni hindi tayo makagawa ng sariling sasakyan at sariling makina. Sila may nuclear bomb na at at least nagaatempt na na magpadala ng sariling sattelite sa space.
    .

  • RubenPacino

    country of million lunatics…….

  • ARIKUTIK

    North Koreans were proud for being told as high technology nation out of nuclear bomb test. Never did they know that nuclear bomb and missile technology was century old invention.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks

advertisement

popular

advertisement

videos