Kim Jong-un was pictured smiling as he watched mad North Korean soldiers smash bricks with their bare fists and lay on a bed of nails in bizarre training footage.
Videos showed bare-chested soldiers performing scenes of brutal acrobatics in front of rows of pleased senior military officers with a North Korean dictator.
The scene was part of a display put up by the North Korean military this week for the opening of a defense exhibition showcasing the nuclear-armed country’s weapons.
Crazy soldiers punch their way through layers of concrete bricks, or crush them with their heads.
Others were brutally hammered on his arm or hand, and lay on a bed of nails so that a block would break on his chest.
Another soldier smashed two glass bottles at once, leaving a pile of pieces on the ground.
In footage broadcast by state broadcaster KCTV, the man is seen lying on the rubble as a comrade pours a rough concrete block on his chest before breaking it down with a sledgehammer.
Dressed in a dark suit and a light blue tie, the happy Kim was seen sitting next to her sister and close adviser Kim Yo-jong and smiling at the strange display of the military.
North Korea’s most famous presenter, newsreader Ri Chun-hee, said: “These soldiers, embraced and raised by our party, have demonstrated to the whole world the strength, bravery and morale of the Korean People’s Army.”
The arms exhibition is part of the commemoration of the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party.
Kim posed next to a nuclear missile on Tuesday as he warned that the “hostile” policies of the US and South Korea could lead to war.
He commented Standing next to the regime’s largest number of missiles, declaring that Pyongyang was increasing its forces only in self-defense and not to start a war.
“We are not discussing war with anyone, but to increase the prevention of war itself and to protect national sovereignty,” he said, adding that North Korea’s main enemy is “the war itself”. Is.
The two Koreas are in an increasingly arms race, with both sides testing increasingly advanced short-range ballistic missiles and other hardware.
South Korea, which recently tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile, is planning to build major new weapons that include aircraft carriers, and has bought American-made F-35 stealth fighters.
North Korea has stepped up its missile program, and analysts say it has begun a major expansion of its main nuclear reactor, which is used to produce fuel for nuclear bombs.
The US has said that it is ready to hold diplomatic talks with North Korea at any time.
But Pyongyang has said it is not interested as long as Washington maintains policies such as sanctions and military activity in South Korea.
In a speech on Monday, Kim warned South Korea’s “unrestricted and dangerous” efforts to strengthen its military were “destroying the military balance on the Korean peninsula and increasing military instability and danger”.