North Koreans celebrate New Year with Pyongyang firework display

Hundreds of people in North Korea’s capital city marked the coming of 2019 with the spectacular show and a rare concert.


North Korea celebrated the New Year with a major concert and fireworks on Tuesday (January 1) in central Pyongyang.

In the footage aired by the North’s state-run television KRT, thousands of people were seen watching a rare concert which praised the state’s leader Kim Jong Un at Kim Il Sung square followed by fireworks after the countdown.

The concert was broadcast live on KRT from 2330 local time (1430 GMT).

Relations improved in 2018 between the two Koreas, which are technically still at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Kim Jong Un also met U.S. President Donald Trump in last year and vowed to work towards denuclearisation, but both sides have made little progress since then.

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