Yonhap News has reported that the North Korean army is to hold a ceremony to pledge loyalty to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, ahead of this week’s 105th birthday of the late state founder, Kim Il-sung. This is one of the major anniversaries in North Korea.
North Korea’s official Korean Central news agency stated that the army, air and anti-air force, and the navy of North Korea’s Korean People’s Army, has paid tribute to the current and late leaders. These are the late or deceased grandfather and father of the current leader, Kim Jong-un.
Participants at the ceremony included military chief Hwang Pyong-so, widely viewed as the No. 2 man in North Korea and director of the general political bureau of the KPA; Ri Myong-su, the military’s chief of general staff; and Pak Yong-sik, minister of the armed forces.
The Korean People’s Army of North Korea has pledged their allegiance to both the late father, grandfather, and the current leader. The anniversary is known “as the ‘Day of the Sun.'” Reportedly, North Korea is preparing to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile in addition to carrying out its 6th nuclear test.
In a speech broadcast live by the North’s Korean Central TV, Hwang said the North will “mount a preemptive nuclear attack on South Korea and the United States and wipe them out without traces if they attempt to launch a war of aggression”.
The prior intercontinental ballistic missiles fired into the sea from the east coast. During the Day of the Sun ceremony, the band of the military paid homage to the two late leaders, the father and the grandfather of the current leader, with a 21-gun salute, which took place in front of two statues of the father and grandfather.
All North Korean soldiers and cadets from all levels of military academies took part in the celebration or anniversary.
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