Mass rally in Pyongyang in support of Kim Jong Un


North Koreans attend a rally to support a statement given on Tuesday by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army vowing to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War as well as boasting of the North’s ownership of “lighter and smaller nukes” and its ability to execute “surgical strikes” meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula, at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 7, 2013. North Korea vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. The billboard in background depicts a large bayonet pointing at U.S. army soldiers with writing reading “If you dare invade, only death will be waiting for you!” AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin

PYONGYANG — Thousands of North Koreans have turned out for a mass rally at the main square in Pyongyang in support of their leader’s call to arms.

Chanting “Death to the U.S. imperialists” and “Sweep away the U.S. aggressors,” soldiers and students marched through Kim Il Sung Square in downtown Pyongyang on Friday during a 90-minute rally.

State media reported early Friday that leader Kim Jong Un called an emergency military meeting to order the army’s rocket unit to prepare to strike the U.S. and South Korea in case of a “reckless provocation” by Washington or Seoul.

A full-blown North Korean attack is unlikely, though there are fears of a more localized conflict. Pyongyang has railed against the U.S. decision to send B-2 bombers for military drills with South Korea.

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  • Albert Einstien

    WAR is STUPID & COSTLY… but GREED is EVIL…in case there will be war …NK vs SK/US….after the initial lost of NK …the NK territory will be ADMINISTERED by CHINA…..RUSSIA , UK & FRANCE will be shadow boxing and support their allies in apparent secrecy…there will be PROXY wars bet CHINA & US their pawns will be NK & SK people their battle ground will be KOREA….after sometime when they feel the heat … china & Us will shake hands and DIVIDE korea again…HISTORY repeats itself….they only change personalities…What a Generation we have….

    • speaksoftlylove

      Que sera sera. Sometimes it takes war to eliminate a vicious status quo and change for good.

      Personally, I prefer that war should commence. In this way, China will be forced to either stand on the side of N. Korea and go for broke against the US or let the N. Korean nuts suffer the hideous end of their folly. In this scenario, our claim against China viz a viz the Spratley Islands will have a glimmer of chance because China will be our common enemy with the US.

      But those North Korean fools know that they will not be fighting against the US only. In the same vein China also knows that once they will side with N. Korea, their hands will be busy not only against the US but more importantly against Japan who are also eager to settle their score against China. This maybe the culmination of a Third World War. If it is His Will, His Will be done.

  • $18209031

    Let the war begins. N and S Koreigooks are ready to bombard each other’s azzes to high heaven. The pent up anger for 60 yr s in now coming to full circle. US asia pacific pivot is now in full motion. This is coming to be mainly an artillery and rocket duel for the most part. Aerial bombardments will be largely ruled by the SK US tandem. Expect Seoul to be wipe out in a few days as most of the guns of NOrth Korea are aimed at. No land invasion for a couple of weeks as that will be too premature. THe North Koreans are well entrenched under thick bunkers. Tank traps are well dugged out for this inevitable conflict. Both sides will hunker down and exchange gunfire.

    I see the NOrth Koreans trying to hit US bases in Skorea, Japland and Guam for the most part. US will be in full support by taking out targets deep inside North Korea by blowing out the bridges from China , military and civilians strategic targets. This will be a long drawn war . WInter is done and Spring Offensive is gonna be perfect weather for planes attacking making it easy for smart bombs hitting their targets in broad daylight.

  • Cano Manuel

    Is it love and support for Kim? Or is it fear?

  • grapesofwrath

    Bagay dito ang Bayad Muna.

  • farmerpo

    A barking dog seldom bites. It should be silenced just the same. It may decide to make a try and the result will be costly. A war is no longer an option. A surgical strike a la Bin Laden is in order before this kid can cause an intended conflagration in Asia.

  • el toro bumingo

    I hope North Korea will strike NOW so that we’ll see another destruction of an Axis of Evil. Definitely S. Korea and the US will be victorious :)

  • speaksoftlylove

    Ngayon mass rally pa lang sa Nuts Korea

    Next time mass burial.

    Finally, requiem mass.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Hakot yan! If you failed to participate you will be arrested and imprisoned for life the following day.

  • doublecross

    greedy americans must be defeated against the rising sun, NK!

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