N Korean anti-Seoul rally draws 100,000: State Media

A rally in Pyongyang accusing S Korea of heightening cross-border tensions over the sinking of one of its warships drew 100,000 people.

Last Updated: May 30, 2010, 18:25 PM IST

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.

PTI