Over one million Pyongyang residents took to streets for anti-US rallies on Wednesday to mark the 53rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
The anniversary is also marked as a "Day of Anti-US Struggle" in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Daily Rodong Sinmun described the "US imperialists criminal nature as the provoker of the 1950-53 Korean War."
At the main rally held at the Kim Il Sung Square in the central part of the city, Ryang Man Gil, chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee, said that the DPRK has no way but to "accelerate its pace to seek nuclear deterrent force for self-defense" in face of the US "blockade" against the DPRK under the pretext of the nuclear issue.
The DPRK people will foil the US attempt at pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of a war", Ryang told the some 100,000 participants.
The rally was followed by a large-scale anti-US demonstration in the city, where all squares were thronged with people protesting the US policy towards the DPRK.