Thousands of North Korea’s top military officers have marched through Pyongyang in a show of support for their dictator Kim Jong-un as the rogue country issued yet more threats against the U.S.
Pictures show organized lines of men from the country’s armed forces cheering and raising their fists during the parade, in front of the capital’s Fatherland Liberation War Victory monument.
It comes days after tens of thousands of placard-waving civilians staged a similar rally in the city.
This morning, Pyongyang’s KCNA agency warned America that it is a “tragedy that the reckless and hysteric behaviors may reduce the U.S. mainland to ashes any moment.”
Ominously, it said it was the “steadfast will” of North Korea to “put an end to the hostile moves of the US” and vowed that the communist state will “win the final victory in the stand-off with imperialism and the U.S.”
“The U.S. and its vassal forces will dearly pay for the harshest sanctions and pressure and reckless military provocations against the DPRK,” it added.
The latest show of defiance comes this week after Trump threatened to inflict “fire and fury the like of which the world has never seen” on North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S. with its missile and nuclear programs.
North Korea followed up the warning by announcing it was putting together plans to fire four missiles close to the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam — a threat that sparked yet another war of words between the country and President Trump
Amid the war of words, the U.S. ramped up joint military exercises with Japan and South Korea and flew bomb B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula.
Amid heightened tensions this morning, a Chinese state-run newspaper called on Beijing on Friday to “stay neutral” if North Korea strikes first in a conflict with the United States, despite a mutual defence pact between the Asian allies.
The nationalistic Global Times tabloid said in an editorial that Washington and Pyongyang were playing a “reckless game” that could lead to “miscalculations and a strategic war.”
“Beijing is not able to persuade Washington or Pyongyang to back down at this time,” the Global Times said. “It needs to make clear its stance to all sides and make them understand that when their actions jeopardize China’s interests, China will respond with a firm hand.”
China — which has been accused by the U.S. of not doing enough against its longtime ally — has maintained that political dialogue is the only solution.
Amid criticism that his aggressive comments had stoked tensions, Trump claimed his previous remark “maybe wasn’t tough enough” and said North Korea should be “very, very nervous.”
“They’ve been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years,” he added.
“And it’s about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries.”
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