North Korean citizens flocked to mass patriotic gatherings and dances in honour of the armistice day, in honour of the agreement, which was signed on 27 July 1953.
The armistice is hailed every year as a North Korean victory over America, which fought alongside South Korea and UN forces against North Korean forces, which were backed by China and the USSR.
He said: “Gone forever is the era when the United States blackmailed us with nukes. Now the United States is no longer a source of threat and fear for us and we are the very source of fear for it.”
Based on estimates by a number of international bodies, North Korea is believed to have between six and 27 small nuclear warheads, although most estimates assume they have a maximum of 10 usable warheads.
North Korean army General Pak Song Yik, widely believed to be the country’s new Defence Minister, stepped up the belligerence further – saying at a meeting that if the US did not abandon its tough policies towards North Korea and provoked another war, the North would fight until “there would be no one left to sign a surrender document”.
“It is more than 60 years since the ceasefire on (the) land, but peace has not yet settled on it,” he told the meeting, which included high-level officials, veterans and diplomats stationed in Pyongyang. “The past Korean War brought about the beginning of the downhill turn for the U.S., but the second Korean war will bring the final ruin to U.S. imperialism.”