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Rapturous Pyongyang rallies to mark end of congress

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 00:58

Thousands of mostly young North Koreans perform in a mass dance display and torchlight parade in Pyongyang to celebrate the end of the country's first ruling party congress in 36 years. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: North Korea held a mass dance display and torchlight parade in Pyongyang on Tuesday (May 10) to celebrate the end of its first congress in 36 years that elevated leader Kim Jong-un to party chairman. The outdoor events, which were broadcast live on the North's state-run television KRT, showed thousands of young North Koreans mobilised in Kim Il Sung Square, named after the founder of the nation and Kim Jon-un's grandfather. Fireworks lit up the Pyongyang sky while the massive dance display was ongoing. After the display a tightly choreographed torch parade took place featuring thousands of North Koreans holding torches in changing formations showing various messages such as "nuclear powered state". The event came a day after the ruling party concluded a rare congress on Monday (9 May), during which North Korea said it would continue to expand its nuclear arsenal in defiance of United Nations sanctions, but said it would only use them if it was threatened with nuclear weapons. Kim Jong-un also set in place a five-year plan to revive isolated North Korea's creaking economy, although it was short on targets, and the party enshrined Kim's "Byongjin" policy of simultaneous pursuit of nuclear weapons and economic development. During the congress, Kim addressed 3,467 delegates for more than three hours at a stretch, in a gathering that underlined a stability of leadership that is likely to mean fewer of the purges and executions that marked Kim's early years of rule following the death of his father in 2011. Kim was not seen during the celebratory events, but other high-ranking officials were present, including the president of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong Nam. Earlier in the day Kim had presided over colourful mass rally to celebrate the end of the congress.

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Rapturous Pyongyang rallies to mark end of congress

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 00:58