The Hermit Kingdom’s Kim II-Sung Square, in Pyongyang, was recently witness to one of the largest ceremonial displays of military might in that country’s history, according to an article in the Washington Post.
In his first public speech in nearly three years, North Korea’s 'Dear Leader,' Kim Jong-un, made up for lost time with an exceptionally belligerent tone and a 'special' message for the North’s traditional enemy.
“Our party dauntlessly declares that our revolutionary armed forces are capable of fighting any kind of war provoked by the U.S.,” the doughy dictator proclaimed to ‘rapturous applause’ from thousands of top military officers and party officials assembled below his viewing platform, stated the article.
North Korea, routinely suffering from delusions of adequacy, frequently threatens to wipe out South Korea and the United States, yet this speech was notable as it was particularly vehement and delivered in front of a contingent of invited international guests.
Tens of thousands of participants gathered in the Square, named after Kim’s grandfather, waving flags and flowers. A large banner above the square, slung from a gas-filled balloon read: “Long live the invincible Workers’ Party of Korea.”
Two things struck me about this last fact. One, if the Workers’ Party of Korea was actually invincible, it would not require banners bidding it a long life. Also, it is often difficult to discern the difference between a gas-filled balloon and the “Dear Leader” himself.