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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 - 8:29
N Korea troops pledge loyalty en masse as Seoul on alert
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North Korean troops pledged to defend leader Kim Jong-un with their lives after his uncle was executed for an alleged plot, as South Korea put its forces on alert for any "reckless provocations".

The mass rally in Pyongyang came ahead of today’s's second anniversary of the death of longtime leader Kim Jong-il, whose sudden demise thrust his young son Jong-Un to the helm of the secretive state.

Kim has apparently been trying to demonstrate his firm grip on power following the shock execution of his uncle Jang Song-thaek.
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