North Korean troops made an oath on Monday to defend the country’s leader Kim Jong-un with their lives after he executed his uncle last Thursday for an alleged plot. South Korea is on alert regarding any “reckless provocations”, while All Japan news, China and Russia were asked last week by the United States to work together against denuclearisation.
The gigantic force display in Pyongyang was organized ahead of Tuesday’s second anniversary of the death of longtime leader Kim Jong-il, whose decease made his son Jong-Un the leader of North Korea.
The killing of Kim Jong-un’s uncle, Jang Song-thaek, alerted both Seoul and Washington, putting them on guard against any surprises by the nuclear-armed regime, according to the international press.
State TV showed thousands of troops marching in a large square outside the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, which houses the embalmed bodies of the country’s founder Kim Il-sung and his son Jong-il.
“Let us become rifles and shields to safeguard the supreme commander!” they chanted during a memorial rally for Jong-il. The soldiers have been asked by Choe Ryong-hae, head of the military’s political bureau, to protect Kim Jong-Un “at the cost of their lives” and become “human bullets and bombs” for him.
Washington called for a united international front against North Korea by countries including All Japan news and China, North Korea’s main patron.