North Korean state media on Tuesday released footage of a staged military exhibit to show enemies that its soldiers had “iron fists” to protect the country.
The video, which was allegedly recorded on Monday, showed the totalitarian leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong Un North Korea’s Kim tears up US, promises ‘invincible’ military North Korea’s Kim notes ‘grim’ economy, while marking the ruling party North Korea and South Korea reopens hotline: ‘Long time no talk’ MORE smiling while uniformed soldiers performed various martial arts demonstrations, including smashing bricks with bare hands, breaking concrete slabs on the stomachs of shieldless soldiers with a sledgehammer, and even smashing bricks on their heads.
Kim said he aimed to build an “invincible” military to counter “enemy forces” from the United States
“Recently, the United States has often sent signals that it is not hostile to our state, but its behavior gives us no reason to believe them,” he said in a speech after the exhibition, according to state media, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
“The United States is still creating regional tension with its wrong judgment and actions,” he added.
North Korea has recently conducted several missile tests with the aim of “reliably guaranteeing the security of our state”, the KCNA wrote at the time. Officials in South Korea and the United States have continued to monitor the tests.
However, Kim criticized the South Korean authorities for “its hypocritical and brigandial double trade”, adding that North Korea has a “right” to build their self-defense.
“While doing everything they can, the South Korean authorities are volunteering to deprive us of our self-defending right to develop defense capabilities, voluntarily to lead the anti-North Korea propaganda campaign for the US-led enemy forces. will even label our tests of conventional weapons as armed provocations, threats and inappropriate acts that exacerbate tensions, ”he said, according to state news media.
The exhibition celebrated the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea. The event was reportedly the first of its kind since Kim took office in 2011, The Washington Post reported, citing South Korean officials.