Shirtless North Korean soldiers clashed against a bed of nails, concrete blocks and swords on Monday in honor of their Supreme Leader.
Their show of force was part of a defense development exhibit to show off the North Korean military.
A man lay down on shards of glass and had a concrete block on his abdomen smashed by a hammer.
Flanked by charging soldiers, a shirtless man repels rotating kicks two at a time, throwing opponents over his shoulder. Then he stiffens and the soldiers lament over him with poles. He roared in defiance.
On the stands, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un applauded and smiled in approval. The hundred or so uniformed officials around him applaud non-stop.
The staged fight was part of a defense development exhibit in Pyongyang on Monday – a show of strength by the ruling party that included stunts of flights by fighter pilots, a weapons display and a series daring martial feats by the North Korean military, according to state media KCNA.
Soldiers at the exhibit shouted war cries as they raced through concrete slabs, split rows of bricks in half with their elbows and sprinted dropkicks on a state broadcast that aired Tuesday.
In a video from the show, tweeted by Martyn Williams, a Stimson Center member who researches North Korea, soldiers are seen progressing towards acts beyond martial arts, such as bending a metal rod with their necks. .
Several of the men, all shirtless, rest their arms on what appears to be a stack of tiles, and have their biceps and hands crushed by sledgehammers, causing the tiles below to crack. They then take combat poses, apparently unharmed.
A man is lying on a bed of nails, then has a concrete block placed over his stomach which is hammered in half. Another has swords placed on his abdomen, which receives the same block and hammer treatment.
In the last segment of the video, a man smashes two bottles on a blanket of broken glass, then lies down on them. He too has a shattered concrete block on his abs.
All the while, a steady stream of battle cries can be heard, although it is not clear if they were added for state broadcast or if these were the soldiers who were pushing such cries. . According to the BBC, the event is the first of its kind since Kim took power in 2011.
During the exhibit, Dictator Kim accused the United States of starting hostilities and creating tension while claiming that North Korea was only looking to defend itself.
“The United States has frequently sent signals that it is not hostile to our state, but their behavior does not provide us with any reason why we should believe it,” Kim said at the exhibit, dubbed “Self. -Defence 2021, “according to state media. Rodong Sinmoun.
The regime also showed off its nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistics, including its new hypersonic missile, Seoul-based analysis site NKNews reported.
Meanwhile, people on social media mocked a skydiver in a tight blue suit standing among the pilots at the exhibit, calling him “Captain of North Korea” or “human cannonball.”
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