North Korea marks army day amid tensions

2012-04-25 09:04
Seoul - North Korea on Wednesday celebrated its army day amid high tensions with South Korea and speculation that the communist state will soon conduct another nuclear test.

A national meeting marking the 80th anniversary of the military's founding was held in Pyongyang, the official news agency said.

It said national leader Kim Jong-Un, supreme commander of the 1.2 million-member military, attended the meeting but gave no other immediate details.

The North dates the founding of the Korean People's Army to the guerrilla struggle against Japanese forces who occupied the Korean peninsula from 1910 - 1945.

Kim Il-Sung, who in 1948 became founding leader of North Korea, was previously a guerrilla chief.

Kim Jong-Un, grandson of the founder, took over after his own father Kim Jong-Il died last December. His government has struck a consistently hostile note with South Korea.

On Monday the military threatened "special actions" to soon turn parts of the South Korean capital to ashes.

The nuclear-armed North accuses the government of the South's President Lee Myung-Bak of making hostile comments "desecrating" mass celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary this month of Kim Il-Sung's birth.

A Seoul source told AFP this month that the North appears to be preparing for a third nuclear test.
Read more on:    north korea  |  security

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.