North Korea’s Kim attends mass games ahead of war anniversary
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 01:10
July 26 - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches over 100,000 people dance, perform in mass games on eve of the 60th anniversary of Korean War end. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended a mass meeting and watched the Arirang mass games on Friday, the eve of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
Kim appeared in Pyongyang's May Day stadium before tens of thousands of wildly cheering military officials and civilians for a national meeting to celebrate the anniversary, known in the North as the "Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War."
Beside him was Chinese Vice president Li Yuanchao, who is visiting to represent the isolated nation's main economic and diplomatic ally.
After Kim left the meeting to more cheers, many in the audience enjoyed packed lunches of rice rolls while they waited for the next performance.
At the end, Kim waved to a sea of performers dancing and cheering before he left.
North Korea has been staging many nationalistic tributes to Kim, his father Kim Jong-il and his grandfather Kim Il-sung, who launched the 1950-53 Korean War, ahead of the anniversary.
The reclusive country's leadership blames the U.S. military presence in the South as the main reason for continued conflict on the Korean peninsula six decades after the Korean War ended under a truce signed by the North, China and the United States but not the South.
North Korea is expected to use a large military parade on Saturday to show its resolve and defiance against diplomatic pressure from U.N. sanctions imposed for the country's nuclear test.
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