N.Korea holds anti-US rally ahead of war anniversary

Workers in North Korea have held an anti-US rally ahead of the 74th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.

North Korea's ruling Workers' Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported on Friday that the gathering took place the previous day in South Hwanghae Province in the country's southwest.

The Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950.

The newspaper described the anti-US event as a "rally to resolve to take revenge."

The workers pledged to fulfill their mission to further strengthen the country's self-defense and deterrence capabilities to punish the United State and its followers.

They also expressed their resolve to boost the production of military supplies and contribute to enhancing the country's military power.

Pyongyang announced in April that it established a new military firm. The country's leader, Kim Jong Un, visited key arms factories in May and instructed operators to accelerate their weapons production.

The state-run Korean Central Television on Friday aired footage of the Wednesday meeting between Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was visiting North Korea for the first time in 24 years.

The two leaders signed a treaty that pledges mutual military assistance between the North and Russia.

There is concern that such cooperation with Russia may encourage Pyongyang to ramp up its military activities. Countries concerned are on heightened alert.