North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who paraded his country’s missiles in a show of force this week, also flexed the muscles of his rogue regime with a peculiar display of brutal human strength.
State television footage has gone viral of shirtless, brave soldiers conducting an exhibition aimed at showing the enemies of the hermitage that “iron fists” are part of the arsenal, reports The Hill.
The despot said he aimed to build an “invincible” army to counter “enemy” US forces.
In the video posted on Twitter by North Korean journalist Martyn Williams, Kim can be seen smiling while the muscle-bound troops use their hands to smash bricks placed on other people’s coffins and break chains around their bodies.
Some of the soldiers broke concrete tiles by performing continuous kicks, others engaged in choreographed hand-to-hand matches, and a shirtless participant was bumped all over his body with long poles — clearly impressed by Kim clapping.
One of the wilder stunts was performed by soldiers using sledgehammer to break concrete slabs – by hitting the bare arms of their comrades, which placed them on the targets.
The video also shows a soldier breaking two bottles and then lying on his back on the shards of glass, although it was unclear what military value the skill provided.
On Monday, Kim accused the United States of “wrong judgments and actions” in a marked change of attitude since the turnover of former President Donald Trump’s administration.
“The United States has often signaled that it is not hostile to our state, but there is no action-based evidence to make us believe that they are not hostile,” Kim said. “The United States continues to create tensions in the region with its wrongful judgments and actions.”
Standing in the middle of the arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles at the Defense Development Exhibition, he said the weapons are not meant to start a war, but to protect North Korea.