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Mass Rally Held in Pyongyang

An "army-people" solidarity rally on 20 April 2012 in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on Friday (20 April) that an “army-people” rally was held in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang.  The event included a demonstration and speaking program which lambasted South Korean political leaders.  KCNA reports:

A Pyongyang city army-people rally was held at Kim Il Sung Square Friday to vow to wipe out the Lee Myung Bak group, the sworn enemy, in this land and sky.

Attending the rally were senior party, state and army officials, officials of the party, the armed forces and power bodies, social organizations, ministries and national institutions, officers and men of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials in the fields of science, education, literature and arts, public health and media and working people and youth and students as well as overseas Koreans and the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front.

Present there on invitation were diplomatic envoys of various countries and members of military attaches corps here and foreign guests.

The statement for the KPA Supreme Command was read out at the rally.

The floor was taken by representatives of the KPA officers and men, working class, agricultural workers, youth and students and women.

Yom Myong Su, an officer of the KPA, said the service persons of the KPA will not pardon the rat-like Lee Myung Bak group who hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK by setting in motion aged reactionaries as miserable as paupers, gangster-like students and ultra-right conservative media.

The guy of Lee acting just like a puppy knowing no fear of a tiger is a half-wit and as disgusting as a rat, the officer noted.

Pong Won Ik, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, said that what rat-like Lee has done is nothing but the thrice-cursed crimes as he is no more than a political ignorant who only rummaged in a ditch at the bottom of the River Han and an idiot without an equal in the world.

Kim Hwa Suk, chairperson of the Sadong District Cooperative Farm Management Committee, noted that from olden times a rat has been considered as a disgusting animal as it lives inside a dirty pile of compost and eats dregs thrown away by people. This description is fit for rat-like Lee Myung Bak of modern brand, the chairperson added.

Kim Nam Chol, department director of the C.C., the youth league, said that it is disgrace and insult to a human being to wrest an apology from rat-like Myung Bak who is too miserable to be beaten and trampled down to death and the worst underwit as he is unable to properly discern a satellite from a long-range missile. This rat-like Lee group, the arch criminal blocking national unity and poisonous grass, deserves only a stern punishment, he pointed out.

Jon Song Ae of the Kyonghung Guidance Bureau vowed to more dynamically turn out in a nationwide sacred war to beat to death at an early date the worst political gangsters and the hordes of rabid rats gnawing at everything whenever they open their mouths till none of them is left.

The participants repeatedly shouted slogans like “Let us shower rat-like Lee Myung Bak group with fire of retaliation!” and “Let us cut off windpipes of rat-like Lee Myung Bak group!”

Then followed a demonstration.

On 18 April 2012 (Wednesday) the Korean People’s Army [KPA] Supreme Command issued a statement which defended various events held in the DPRK to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s birth and threatened “waging a sacred war to wipe out a tiny handful of traitors to the last man.”  KCNA reports:

The army and people of the DPRK celebrated in splendor with great national pride the centenary of the auspicious 100th Day of the Sun amid great attention and expectation of the whole world.

The celebrations were a grand political festival as they demonstrated the unshakable resolution of the army and people of the DPRK to dynamically advance toward the new century of juche full of conviction and optimism after reviewing with pride the glorious 100-year-long history of juche Korea.

The festive atmosphere ran high as Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un was elected to the top post of the party, state and revolution of the DPRK. The world came to look up to the DPRK with admiration and envy, saying that the most prominent man appeared in Korea in the East.

The people in the south are warmly hailing with national pride and honor the “appearance of extraordinary young leader” as the “rebirth of President Kim Il Sung”, the father of the nation and great sage.

Even at this hour an unprecedented jubilee which started in this land and is spreading to various parts of the world is turning into mankind’s events replete with “worship for Kim Jong Un” and “trust in Kim Jong Un.”.

It is only traitor Lee Myung-bak and his group that are committing such extreme provocations as chilling the festive atmosphere of fellow countrymen and daring hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK.

The Lee group is hurling elder reactionaries of the “ROK Elders Alliance” and student hooligans into Kwanghwamun Square and other parts of Seoul to stage such hideous rowdyism as hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK.

The group is wirepulling behind the scene such reckless acts as egging riff-raffs on to set up models portraying the supreme leadership of the DPRK and fire at them.

From right after the grand military parade of the DPRK to celebrate the Day of the Sun, the Lee group let wicked conservative media including Dong-A Ilbo paint a wrong picture of even the image of the dignified DPRK for its false propaganda purpose.

No matter how frantic the group may get with confrontation with fellow countrymen and no matter how high-handed it may go, there should always be a limit.

In view of the ceaseless grave provocations which should not be overlooked, the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army, as already declared, solemnly re-clarifies the will to wage an uninterrupted all-army and all-people sacred war to wipe out the Lee Myung-bak group of traitors, the sworn enemy with whom the nation can never live under the same sky.

The dynamic march past of ranks of paraders and powerful means for limitless strike on the square to celebrate the auspicious Day of the Sun will lead to the Korean-style battles to blow up the stronghold of the group of traitors.

When the group of traitors committed the thrice-cursed treason against the nation which suffered the great loss last year and hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK at

units of the puppet army later, the DPRK warned the group of those crimes and clarified internally and externally its stand to take merciless retaliatory actions.

What is more irrepressible and intolerable is the resentment of the army and people of the DPRK at the group of traitors.

The immediate goal of the DPRK is to cut off the windpipes of the group and its followers hell- bent on hideous provocations and blow up the bases for provocations in the land and sky.

The single-mindedly united army and people of the DPRK who regard the dignity of the supreme leadership as more precious than their own lives will take merciless revenge upon any perpetrator of hideous provocations no matter where he is.

As even the heart of Seoul is served as a base for provocative acts of hurting the dignity of the DPRK’s supreme leadership, the DPRK will take a special action to blow up everything there.

Then the group will keenly realize what merciless punishment the whole army and all people of the DPRK will mete out to it for the thrice-cursed treason committed up to now.

No matter how desperately dogs may bark, they can do nothing against the bright sun.

The army and people of the DPRK who hold its supreme commander in high esteem as the eternal sun will step up the historic advance for prosperity at the watershed of history in which a new century of juche starts, while waging a sacred war to wipe out a tiny handful of group of traitors to the last man.

Those who dare provoke the inviolable DPRK should bear in mind that they would never be able to escape a stern punishment.

Yonhap reported of the KPA Supreme Command’s statement:

President Lee Myung-bak said last week the North’s rocket launch is estimated to have cost Pyongyang about US$850 million, and the destitute North could have spent the money to buy 2.5 million tons of corn, an amount that is enough to make up for food shortages in the country for six years.

South Korea also estimated that the North separately spent some US$350 million on the milestone anniversary for propaganda purposes as well as renovating its landmark hotel, the equivalent of feeding its 24 million people for 100 days.

The North’s government accused South Korea of fabricating the costs of the centenary anniversary, claiming Seoul’s move is aimed at tarnishing the North’s image and undermining its internal unity.

North Korea will stage a “sacred war to wipe out the group of traitors unless South Korea immediately apologize for insulting” the anniversary celebrations, the North Korean government said in a statement carried by the country’s official Korean Central News Agency.

South Korea said the statement went too far, though it said it would not make any reaction to the statement, a Unification Ministry official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing policy.

On Wednesday, the North’s military also vowed to mercilessly retaliate against South Korea for hurting the dignity of its supreme leadership. Some South Koreans have recently held anti- Pyongyang events in Seoul.

“As even the heart of Seoul is served as a base for provocative acts of hurting the dignity of the (North)’s supreme leadership, the (North) will take a special action to blow up everything there,” the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army warned in an English-language statement carried by the KCNA.

Seoul, the South Korean capital city of more than 10 million people, is within range of North Korea’s artillery.

The North has long bristled at any outside criticism of its leader and has made similar threats against the South over the past several months, although no actual attack has occurred yet.

South Korea has repeatedly vowed to avenge any North Korean attacks following the North’s two provocations in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans, mostly soldiers.

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