Shirtless North Korean soldiers break blocks, lay on glass before Kim Jong Un in bizarre video

October 14, 2021 at 01:09

Shirtless North Korean soldiers showed off the country's military might in a bizarre series of exercises in front of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and his subordinates by breaking bricks, taking hits to the body with objects and other feats of strength in a propaganda video.
The footage, which is just over two minutes long, was uploaded to social media by Martyn Williams, a North Korea-focused journalist.
He tweeted that the exercise was broadcast on North Korean state TV.
NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA RESTORE COMMUNICATIONS AMID MISSILE LAUNCHESThe footage shows flying kicks and the soldiers breaking what appeared to be concrete tiles with their hands and feet.
One soldier is seen running into a set of tiles and using his head to smash them.
Another is seen taking multiple hits with what appeared to be poles to his bare-chested frame and head.
Others place large pieces of concrete slabs on their chest as someone else slams a large hammer on it.
At one point, the video cuts to Kim, 37, clapping and seeming to enjoy the show.
North Korea has produced similar propaganda videos showing off the country's military prowess in the past.
Most involving soldiers being hit with hard objects and breaking things with their heads and hands or having things broken over their heads.
The event comes as Kim vowed Monday to create a strong military to counter what he perceives as hostility from the United States.
"The U.S. is continuing to create tensions in the region with its wrong judgments and actions."