N Korean anti-Seoul rally draws 100,000: State Media
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 30, 2010, 18:25
Seoul: A rally in Pyongyang Sunday accusing South Korea of heightening cross-border tensions over the sinking of one of its warships drew 100,000 people, according to North Korean state media.

The demonstration was held at Kim Il-Sung Square, named after the North Korea's founder and the current ruler's father, according to the state broadcasting network monitored by the South's Yonhap news agency.

Slogans painted on the stage at the rally denounced South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak as a traitor, it said.

Addressing the rally, Choe Yong-Rim, chief secretary of the city's party committee, urged citizens to brace themselves for an attack from South Korea and its ally the US, saying the peninsula was on the brink of war, it said.

He also rebutted Seoul's allegation that North Korea torpedoed a South Korean warship with the loss of 46 lives, Yonhap said.

International investigators reported on May 20 that a North Korean submarine fired a heavy torpedo to sink the warship. The North has denied involvement, and responded to the South's reprisals with threats of war.

It has cut all ties with the South, scrapped pacts aimed at averting accidental flare-ups along their disputed sea border and vowed to attack any intruding ships.


First Published: Sunday, May 30, 2010, 18:25

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