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Mass rally in Pyongyang after war of words at UN

Mass rally in Pyongyang after war of words at UN
From Al Jazeera - September 24, 2017

Up to 100,000 North Koreans have rallied in support for Kim Jong-un, after escalating tensions between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader.

A number of speeches were given at the hour long event, organised by government officials at Pyongyang's Kim Il-Sung Square on Saturday, including a repeat of Kim's statement the day before.

The North Korean leader said he will "consider with seriousness exercising a corresponding, highest level hard-line counter-measure in history", in response to Trump's address to the UN General Assembly on September 12.

Trump vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatens the US and its allies, labelling Kim a "rocket man" on a "suicide mission".

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Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from the UN in New York, said: "It is a war of words with a very dangerous edge."

"We are talking about two potentially nuclear powers coming into a confrontation being edged on by a level rhetoric seldom seen and certainly not heard within the confines of the UN General Assembly," he added.

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