War Anniversary Stirs Bitter Memories


Korean and foreign veterans who fought during the 1950-1953 Korean War pay silent tribute to the war dead during a memorial ceremony organized by the Korea Veterans Association at the National Cemetery in Tongjak-dong, Seoul, Saturday./ Yonhap
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The Korea Times
By Reuben Staines
Staff Reporter

Old, bitter memories stirred as Koreans on both sides of the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone marked the 55th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War on Saturday.

In Pyongyang, thousands of North Koreans turned out to an anti-U.S. rally, alleging that Washington started the war and charging its soldiers of committing brutal wartime atrocities, the country’s state-run media reported.

Participants at the rally including Choe Tae-bok, chairman of the North’s Supreme People’s Assembly, also accused the United States of preparing to initiate a new nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.

In South Korea too, long-held resentments resurfaced as veterans gathered to observe the anniversary of the June 25 invasion by the communist North.

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