North Korea held mass rallies in Pyongyang where people shouted slogans vowing a “war of revenge” to destroy the United States, as it marked the 73rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. Korea, state media reported on Monday.
Around 120,000 workers and students took part in rallies held in the capital on Sunday, state news agency KCNA reported.
Photos released by state media showed a stadium full of people holding placards that read “The entire US mainland is within our shooting range” and “The imperialist US is the destroyer of peace.”
Sunday’s anniversary comes amid concerns that Pyongyang could soon conduct another launch of its first military spy satellite at increasing monitoring of US military activities after its first The trial ended in failure on May 31.
North Korea now has “the most powerful absolute weapon to punish the US imperialists” and the “avengers of this land burning with an unstoppable will to avenge the enemy,” KCNA said.
Nuclear-armed North Korea has been testing various weapons including the largest intercontinental ballistic missile, ramping up the tension with the South and the South’s main ally, the United States.
In a separate foreign ministry report, North Korea said the The US is “making desperate efforts to ignite a nuclear war,” accused Washington of sending strategic assets to the region.
North and South Korea remain technically at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty.