North Korea holds mass rallies in Pyongyang, expressing determination for revenge against the United States, as it commemorates the 73rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War, according to state media on Monday.
Approximately 120,000 workers and students participated in the rallies across the capital on Sunday, as reported by state news agency KCNA.
Images shared by state media depicted a crowded stadium with individuals holding signs that read “Our shooting range covers the entire U.S. mainland” and “The imperialist U.S. disrupts peace.”
The anniversary coincided with concerns that Pyongyang may conduct another launch of its inaugural military reconnaissance satellite to enhance monitoring of U.S. military activities, following a failed attempt on May 31.
According to KCNA, North Korea possesses “the most powerful weapon to punish the U.S. imperialists” and its people are determined to seek revenge against the enemy.
As a nuclear-armed nation, North Korea has been conducting tests of various weapons, including its largest intercontinental ballistic missile, escalating tensions with South Korea and its primary ally, the United States.
In a separate report from the foreign ministry, North Korea accused the U.S. of “desperately trying to instigate a nuclear war,” alleging that Washington has deployed strategic assets to the region.
Despite the passage of time, North and South Korea technically remain at war since the 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce rather than a formal treaty.