A top North Korean official has said renewed loudspeaker broadcasts by South Korea following a recent nuclear bomb test by the North have placed the two states at the "brink of war."
"Jealous of the successful test of our first H-bomb, the US and its followers are driving the situation to the brink of war, by saying they have resumed psychological broadcasts and brought in strategic bombers," Kim Ki Nam, head of the ruling Workers' Party propaganda department, said at Friday's rally.
The act angered Western countries, the United Nations and some Asian countries, leading United States President Barack Obama to speak with Asian leaders who agreed on tightening cooperation against North Korea.
North Korean state media published images showing people gathering in state’s capital Pyongyang holding propaganda signs glorifying leader Kim Jong Un, whose birthday was also on Friday.
Kim Ki Nam in his speech at the rally said he considers South Korea’s propaganda rhetoric insulting.
The South Korean broadcasts, in rolling bursts from walls of loudspeakers at 11 locations along the heavily militarised border, blared rhetoric critical of the Pyongyang regime, as well as "K-pop" music. North Korea later responded with its own broadcasts.
A South Korean military official, without giving specific information, said that Seoul and Washington are discussing placing US strategic weapons on the Korean Peninsula after the North’s test claim.
Media said these could include B-2 and B-52 bombers, and a nuclear-powered submarine.