North Koreans stage massive rally in show of defiance against Donald Trump

Tens of thousands of North Koreans have come out in a show of defiance following US President Donald Trump’s threats of ‘fire and fury’

The North Koreans gathered for a massive rally at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang on Wednesday with photos showing citizens holding propaganda placards and waving their fists in the air.

Footage shows thousands of North Korean workers dressed in white shirts as they angrily marched through the square brandishing flags. 

The elite class, who were dressed in black, applauded the workers as they rallied. 

It came after a strict round of sanctions were passed by the United Nations security council over the weekend. 

North Korea also officially dismissed Trump’s threats on Wednesday, declaring the American leader ‘bereft of reason’ and warning ominously that ‘only absolute force can work on him’. 

In a statement carried by state media, General Kim Rak-gyom, who heads North Korea’s rocket command, also said his country was ‘about to take’ military action near the US Pacific territory of Guam.

He said the North would finalise a plan by mid-August to fire four mid-range missiles hitting waters 19 to 25 miles away from the island.

The plan will then go to the commander in chief of North Korea’s nuclear force and ‘wait for his order,’ Kim was quoted by KCNA as saying. He called it a ‘historic enveloping fire at Guam.’

The statement only served to escalate tensions further in a week that has seen a barrage of threats from both sides. While nuclear confrontation still seems incredibly remote, the comments have sparked deep unease in the United States, Asia and beyond.

A day after evoking the use of overwhelming US military might, Trump touted America’s atomic supremacy. From the New Jersey golf resort where he’s vacationing, he tweeted that his first order as president was to ‘renovate and modernise’ an arsenal that is ‘now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.’

It was a rare public flexing of America’s nuclear might. Trump’s boasting only added to the confusion over his administration’s approach to dealing with North Korea’s expanding nuclear capabilities on a day when his top national security aides wavered between messages of alarm and reassurance.

If Trump’s goal with two days of tough talk was to scare North Korea, Kim, the commander, put that idea quickly to rest. He called Trump’s rhetoric a ‘load of nonsense’ that was aggravating a grave situation.

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