On the anniversary of the Korean War, thousands of North Koreans march against the “imperialist US.”

On the 73rd anniversary of the commencement of the Korean War, hundreds of thousands of North Koreans participated in anti-American protests in the capital city over the weekend, promising “merciless” retribution against “U.S. imperialists,” according to state media.

According to the official Korean Central News Agency of North Korea, more than 1,20,000 people took part in the massive protests held there on Sunday.

The Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953, was started by a North Korean surprise attack, but the demonstrators assembled in Pyongyang supported their government’s account of what happened and charged the US with starting the war and leaving the Koreans with “wounds… that can never be healed.”

They also boasted about North Korea’s increasing nuclear and missile programmes, stressing that their nation now had the most powerful absolute weapon to punish American imperialists and the war deterrence necessary for self-defense, which no adversary would dare threaten.

Photos from the North’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed a Pyongyang stadium full of possibly tens of thousands of people wearing COVID-19 masks, raising their fists and holding signs that said, “Let’s eradicate U.S. imperialist invaders” and “The entire U.S. mainland is within our striking range.”

The weekend protests took place against the backdrop of heightened regional tensions as both the pace of North Korea’s weapon demonstrations and the joint military drills between the US and South Korea have accelerated in a cycle of tit-for-tat.

In an effort to show that it is capable of carrying out nuclear attacks on both the U.S. mainland and South Korea, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has test-fired about 100 missiles since the year 2022 began. In addition, the North is moving more quickly to launch its first military spy satellite into orbit after an earlier attempt in May was unsuccessful.

There are indications that Kim may have a big military parade in Pyongyang next month to further demonstrate his military prowess, which is expected to include some of his most potent missiles.

Recent commercial satellite pictures have revealed troop and vehicle movements as well as the construction of structures, suggesting North Korea is getting ready for a parade, possibly on July 27, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean battle, which the North celebrates as the day of the great battle victory.

A North Korean defector who is now an activist claimed that on Sunday night, he flew balloons from the South across the border with COVID-19 medical supplies and about 200,000 anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets, continuing his years-long campaigns that have frequently provoked angry responses from the North.

Photos submitted by Park Sang-hak showed a placard bearing Kim’s image and a statement emphasising how his state-founding grandfather, Kim Il Sung, was accountable for initiating the Korean War. On Park’s most recent ballooning excursion, The North was silent as of Monday afternoon.

The 26 million people who live in North Korea, the majority of whom have little access to foreign news, are particularly sensitive to any outside attempt to undermine Kim’s rule and lessen his ultimate authority over the nation.

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