NoKor: 65 years of bloodless war

NoKor: 65 years of bloodless war

The 65th anniversary of the North and South Korean armistice was celebrated on Friday with the suspension of open hostilities in the Korean War in 1953. Pyongyang urged the United States to agree to formally sign a peace treaty as quickly as possible.

 

Shortly before dawn, many North Korean citizens laid flowers to and bowed before the giant statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and father respectively.

 

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300 people which included high ranking officials, a close aide to Kim Jong Un, and officers of the nation’s military and bereaved families visited the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery in Pyongyang.

 

Women wearing the country’s traditional dress danced and celebrated the anniversary across the city. All this happened a few hours after the ceremony at the War Martyr’s Cemetery.

 

Following an historic summit the previous month between Kim and Trump in Singapore, North Korea repatriated the remains of some possible U.S. soldiers who died in the Korean War, a war that raged from 1950 to 1953.

 

The return and repatriation of the U.S. soldier’s remains is an important step in improving relations in the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has called on the United States to declare a peace treaty to the Korean War and provide security guarantees to North’s capital, Pyongyang.

 

It is, however, still unclear if America will accept North Korea’s requests or not. These requests come after skepticism if Kim will really denuclearize his country as promised.

 

 

At the first-ever U.S.-North Korea summit last June 2018, Kim agreed with Trump on the repatriation of the remains. They also confirmed that they will work together to build a lasting relationship and maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula.

 

China, on the other hand, sent the country’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs to Pyongyang. China fought against the U.S. in the Korean War and even supplied some weapons. They are currently North Korea’s only military supplier.

 

Reference: North Korea marks 65th anniversary of Korean War armistice

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