Mar 4 - An estimated 150, 000 North Koreans take part in a rally in protest over the South's joint military exercises with the U.S. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Tens of thousands of North Koreans staged a rally on Sunday (March 4) in Pyongyang to condemn South Korea's joint military drills with the United States, and the administration of South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak. An estimated 150, 000 civilians and soldiers gathered in Kim Il-sung Square. North Korea's state-run KRT television station said the rally was held to help "wipe out the Lee Myung-bak traitor group with a sacred war." Speaking at the mass rally North Korean Vice-Marshal Ri Yong-ho said: "Our soldiers and civilians are full of hatred and resentment at the war games and the smell of gun power by the Lee Myung-bak traitor group and the American imperialistic barefaced robbers." Seoul's Yonhap News Agency quoted the North as claiming on Friday (March 2) that a South Korean army unit in Incheon had scrawled 'unspeakable defamatory words' below portraits mocking the North's leaders. The United States-South Korea Combined Forces Command said the joint military exercises would run as scheduled until March 9.