North and South Korea hold duelling rallies as tension builds in the region
Monday, March 11, 2013 - 01:33
Mar. 12 - Thousands of North Koreans gather for a rally as Pyongyang declares the 1953 armistice void, while in Seoul demonstrators protest against their northern neighbour. Sarah Sheffer reports.
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At a mass rally in North Korea's Southern Hamgyong Province, a North Korean General had a stark warning for the country's sworn enemies.
(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) NORTH KOREAN MILITARY GENERAL ROH YONG-MUN SAYING:
"The U.S. imperialists and their puppet war-mongers should clearly realise who they are dealing with and what kind of destiny of destruction is waiting for them."
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen since the North conducted a third nuclear test on Feb. 12, prompting new U.N. sanctions.
South Korea and U.S. forces are conducting large-scale military drills until the end of April.
North Korea has accused the United States of using the exercises as a launch pad for a nuclear war and has declared void the armistice that ended hostilities in the Korean War.
In Seoul, anti-war activists protested the drills, laying on the ground mimicking casualties of war and calling for peace talks.
Separately, an anti-North Korea protest was held in the capital, with activists hurling water balloons at a photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
As hostilities grow, curiosity sparks for domestic and foreign tourists, visiting a border observatory in South Korea that looks across to the reclusive northern state.
A spokesman from South Korea's defence ministry said on Tuesday that they don't forsee any immediate provocation from Pyongyang, despite tensions on the peninsula.
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