Defiant North Korea Holds Anti-South Rally

North Korea's state television shows troops and civilians at Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square on April 20, 2012.
North Korea's state television shows troops and civilians at Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square on April 20, 2012.

North Korea said Friday a rally was being held in Pyongyang's central square to protest against South Korea's government, which has been sharply critical of the North's failed rocket launch last week.

In typically aggressive language, the official Korean Central News Agency said the square was crowded with military members and civilians who vow to "wipe out" South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's administration.

On Thursday, North Korea vowed to launch satellites into space "one after another," a week after it defied international protests by launching a long-range rocket that failed just after taking off.

KCNA quoted space agency officials as saying Pyongyang will continue conducting the launches, which it says are aimed at placing weather satellites into orbit.

The defiant statement said scientists have already discovered what caused the failure of last week's launch, though no details were given. It also did not give a time frame for the next rocket launch.

The announcement comes days after the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the launch and threatened further sanctions, saying the move violated resolutions barring North Korean use of ballistic missile technology.

This week in New York, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the world body stands ready to take further action if North Korea persists in its actions.

On Thursday, North Korea threatened to wage a "sacred war" against President Lee's government unless he apologizes for suggesting last week that Pyongyang would rather spend millions of dollars on weapons than on food for its poverty-stricken population.

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by: Phil
April 20, 2012 3:29 PM
Where is the sanctions on India for testing their rocket launch capable of targeting sites in China. This US/UN policy is a pack of CRAP.

by: joe murray
April 20, 2012 2:18 PM
Well I think usa and china should mind their own buisness and leave north korea to get on with their weather satellites,they have the same right as anyone else

by: William
April 20, 2012 8:58 AM
I hope south korea retaliates the next time north korea does something stupid!

by: Zafar
April 20, 2012 5:24 AM
Are we saying China has no hands in Sudan, Darfur, Zimbabwe, Iran, Syria when strict sanctions are in place and NKorea, Iran and Pakistan nuke technology and proliferation?
I think west is either sleeping with its eyes open and pretending nothing is going on while buying chinese cheaper goods.. no wonder she is milking basis of democracy, Human Rights and constantly invading counteries like Tibet and now claming Taiwan and whole ocean.

by: Mr Yeah
April 20, 2012 4:47 AM
Uh oh! They are going to launch "satellites one after another"?! Given their performance so far, we should all be shaking in our boots.

by: Vegeta
April 20, 2012 4:43 AM
Haha, sux for them, South Korea Win, North Korea Fail.
If we're gonna have a sacred war, better be a world war. We're gonna nuke you North Korean Degenerates. You could've spend the money for solving world hunger but you just gotta make a rocket. That's your flaw, This is how you'll meet your downfall

by: Ned
April 20, 2012 4:00 AM
Clearly South Korea was at fault for suggesting that the North Korean Government prefers to spend money on rockets rather than food for its starving constituents. It's not a question of preference, they can't help themselves. What with the phallic shape of the missiles thrusting up into space the problem is more akin to online porn addiction. Well, gay porn in this case.

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