North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a massive torchlight parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers Party. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended a massive torchlight parade on Saturday (October 10) in Pyongyang, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party. The North's state-run television KRT on Sunday (October 11) released a video of Kim watching thousands of North Korean people marching with torches and making formations in Kim Il Sung Square, named after the founder of the nation and Kim Jong Un's grandfather. Kim was accompanied by senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan and flanked by senior North Korean party and military officials including President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam, Director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army Hwang Pyong So, and Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Choe Ryong Hae. Earlier in the day, Kim Jong Un oversaw a military parade and made a speech, in which he said his country was ready to fight any war waged by the United States. He made no direct mention of the country's nuclear program, likely a conciliatory diplomatic gesture towards China, which hosted the now-defunct "six-party talks", also involving the United States, on giving economic incentives to Pyongyang in return for scrapping its atomic ambitions. Impoverished North Korea and rich, democratic South Korea remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty. The North, slapped with U.N. and U.S. sanctions for its nuclear weapons and rocket programs, often threatens to destroy the South, and its major ally the United States, in a sea of flames.