North Korea stages mass rally, vows to strike US targets


SEOUL-Tens of thousands of North Korean soldiers and civilians held a huge rally and march in Pyongyang on Friday, in a mass display of support for a possible military strike against the United States.

The rally in Pyongyang’s giant Kim Il-Sung square was attended by soldiers, veterans, workers and students, all wearing military uniforms. The North’s young leader, Kim Jong-Un, was not present.

State television said the rally took place to support a decision issued by the Korean People’s Army (KPA) supreme command on Tuesday — and ratified by Kim on Friday — to put the country’s strategic rocket units on a war footing.

“The statement was the ultimatum of the Korean People’s Army against the US imperialists,” an announcer said at the start of the rally.

Under giant portraits of Kim’s father Kim Jong-Il and grandfather Kim Il-Sung, the massed ranks of civilians and soldiers pledged their allegiance to the current leadership.

“Let’s become guns and bombs for our respected leader Kim Jong-Un!,” they chanted, pumping their fists in unison.

The rally was addressed by military and party officials who urged North Korean troops to launch a “merciless strike” on the US mainland and US military bases in the Pacific and South Korea.

“We are all ready to wipe them out for our final victory,” army officer Kwon Yong-Chol said.

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  • Borogol

    stupid north korean leader…. fat attack… if you and your poor famine countrypeople wants to die that badly, so be it… at least after your death, there will only be one Korea. No more north or south, just korea.

    …I guess this guys is just insecured by Psy’s success, being a fatso himself…now wants to make a name for himself..

    • Horst Manure

      You think theses people have any choice ..there would be guards watching any one who was not waving and cheering would be carted off to jail as well as their whole families and their children’s children would do time as well so I bet you would be kissing the ground as well if you were unfortunate to be born there.

  • Fred Cua

    Macho propaganda.

  • p00rd0y

    pag di sumali, lagot kay fatjungon… LOL

    yung pagkamatay ng tatay niya, pilit pinapaiyak mga tao sa harap ng camera… LOL…

  • calipso_2100

    One word.

  • speedstream2

    Saber-rattling is a favorite albeit tired tool of despots. As with bullies, they need to be taught a lesson and put in their place.

  • marienkind

    With the number of South Koreans in Manila, we’re practically the new South Korea.

    • mamer2

      South Koreans are in the Philippines, either here as students or as tourists, because the Philippines is one of the cheapest vacation spots and its people, the friendliest, ever.

      • marienkind

        The weather here in Manila’s a far cry from Korea, where they get about 5 sunny days a year and overcast for the rest. I ain’t against their staying here either. I like the variety.

  • doublecross

    the US never respect one’s individual upcoming, the NK knows this one. nuclear weapons is a necessity of one’s country to be productive, why US is so envy about this one? how about their US STAR WARS, did NK question about this one? besides kim jong II, is a respectable personality, bravo about this one!

  • bayankopdi

    These poor north koreans were taught that U.S.A. is just a small and weak country, they were taught that they are the strongest country in the world…what a pity…

  • linobog

    North Korea is a country headed by a barking mad puppy……

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