Rival nations mark 64th anniversary of Korean War

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Korean People's Army (KPA) officers and soldiers vow to smash the "U.S. imperialists" as they gather for a meeting to mark the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in South Hwanghae Province, North Korea. The writing on the sign in foreground left reads "Don't forget the wolfish American imperialists!" (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
Pyongyang citizens march through the Kim Il Sung Square while chanting slogans and holding posters denouncing the United States to mark the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Posters read: "Thousand-fold revenge" and "Severe Punishment." (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
Pyongyang citizens march through the Kim Il Sung Square while chanting slogans and holding posters denouncing the United States to mark the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Posters read: "U.S. imperialists are destroyers of peace" and "Severe punishment to the U.S. imperialists." (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
North Korean university students march through the Kim Il Sung Square while chanting slogans and holding posters to mark the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Posters read: "By our nation itself" and "Military-first Politics." (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
South Korean war veterans salute during a ceremony to mark the 64th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The three-year War broke out on June 25, 1950, when Soviet tank-led North Koreans invaded South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Korean People's Army (KPA) officers and soldiers prepare to fire their weapons during an event marking the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in South Hwanghae Province, North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
Family members of late Korean War veterans stage a rally to demand payment of family allowance by the government during a ceremony to mark the 64th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The three-year Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, when Soviet tank-led North Koreans invaded South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A woman sits in front of the gravestone of her relative who died during the 1950-1953 Korean War on South Korea's Memorial Day at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Family members of late Korean War veterans stage a rally to demand payment of family allowance by the government during a ceremony to mark the 64th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The three-year Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, when Soviet tank-led North Koreans invaded South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
South Korean students stand before a memorial at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 25, 2014 as the country marks the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 and was responsible for the loss of an estimated 1.2 million lives. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean soldiers bow their heads as they pay their respects at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 25, 2014 as the country marks the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 and was responsible for the loss of an estimated 1.2 million lives. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A South Korean student cleans headstones at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 25, 2014 as the country marks the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 and was responsible for the loss of an estimated 1.2 million lives. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A South Korean girl listens to her grandfather as they stand before a photo exhibition of the Korean War at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 25, 2014 as the country marks the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 and was responsible for the loss of an estimated 1.2 million lives. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A South Korean woman gestures as she pays her respects at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 25, 2014 as the country marks the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 and was responsible for the loss of an estimated 1.2 million lives. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye (C) listens to the national anthem as she attends a 'Korean War Veterans Commeroration Ceremony' in Seoul on June 24, 2014. The ceremony was being held one day ahead of the 64th anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A South Korean woman leaves a flower on a headstone as she pays her respects at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 25, 2014 as the country marks the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 and was responsible for the loss of an estimated 1.2 million lives. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A South Korean woman bows as she pays her respects at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 25, 2014 as the country marks the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The Korean War lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 and was responsible for the loss of an estimated 1.2 million lives. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
VIETNAM - UNDATED: (NO U.S. TABLOID SALES) South Korean soldiers advance during an assault on an enemy position near Nha Trang in 1972 in Vietnam. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)
An anti Vietnam War protester drives a pick-up truck near the St. Francis Hotel where President Nixon was due to arrive, San Francisco, California, August 21, 1969. His truck carries a large sign that reads 'Christian Call to Peace - Be Smart Pres. Nixon Stop the Stupid War.' Nixon was in town to meet with South Korean President Park Chung Hee. (Photo by Garth Eliassen/Getty Images)
US Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Smith (L) meeting Communist observation team re truce treaty. (Photo by John Dominis//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
A Korean civilian carries his father on his back as they cross the Han river 30 January 1951. Despite the counter offensive launched by UN troops to stop the Chinese and North Korean troops, Korean civilians continue to flee the northern Korean region. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Unlocated picture taken 18 January 1951, shows Korean refugees fleeing to the south, as they are passing by frozen rice fields. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
29th March 1958: Korean girls present a member of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army with a bouquet of flowers prior to the mass withdrawal of Chinese troops from North Korea. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Chinese Premier Chou En-lai meeting with North Korean Premier Kim Il Sung during the visit of the Korean Government Delegation on November 22, 1958. (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)
circa 1955: 155mm 'Long Tom' gun firing across a snowy Korean plain during the conflict, Korea. The words 'Big Bruiser' are painted on its side. (Photo by US Army/Getty Images)
US airmen shot down during the Korean war and held prisoner for over two years sport orchid leis awaiting reunion with their families (rear L-R) Edwin Heller, Roland Parks, Lyle Cameron and Harold Fischer. (Photo by Howard Sochurek//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
US Marines in candelit bunker, one takes out letter from home he has never had time to read. (Photo by Michael Rougier//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
US Marines relaxing on the battlefield after cease-fire. (Photo by Michael Rougier//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
2nd August 1953: Brigadier Jean Allard, Commanding Officer of the Canadian Brigade breaks the news of a truce in the Korean war to Colonel K L Campbell, Commander of the 3rd battalion of the RCRS. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
7th August 1953: North Korean prisoners of war leaving a prison camp on Koja island to be transported to Inchon under a recent armistice. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
A wounded American soldier awaits medical attention following the Battle of Pork Chop Hill, an engagement of the Korean War fought near Cheorwon, in South Korea, 17th July 1953. (Photo by Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Army Pfc. John Ploch, one of the returned Americans who had not been reported a POW, sitting at table in dazed disbelief as he is processed during Korean War prisoner exchange at Freedom Village. (Photo by Michael Rougier//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Korean peasants gathered in rice field to work the harvest while under threat of attacks fr. Communist guerrillas. (Photo by Margaret Bourke-White//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Ex-Communist guerrilla Nim Churl Jin, upon his return, after two years in the hills with guerrilla forces, is greeted by his old mother who clutches him while screaming Is it a dream? You cannot be my son. My son is dead?, in rice field outside his fami (Photo by Margaret Bourke-White//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
During the Korean War, United States Army troops from the 84th Engineers stand with a sign marking the rebuilt Freedom Gate Bridge on the Imjin River, while military vehicles wait in the background, Korea, July 17, 1952. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)
A US soldier from the UN forces displays a portrait of North Korean Prime Ministre Kim Il-sung found on June 14, 1952 at Koje prison camp. Chinese and North Korean prisoners of war were detained in Koje Island until they rioted in May 1952 and were moved to other prison facilities. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
During the Korean War, two girls, one wearing a kimono and the other wearing a pink dress and looking down, stand in front of crops in a field, South Korea, 1952. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)
During the Korean War, two boys in dirty clothing, one wearing a baseball hat, stand in an American Army railroad yard, South Korea, 1952. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)
Soldiers watching young Korean boys. (Photo by Michael Rougier//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
An elderly bearded Korean man, holding his cane, sits down for a rest on the street amidst the rubble of some destroyed buildings, in Seoul, during the Korean War, August 1951. US Army photo. (Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images)
Two North Korean brothers who had fled their war-torn country by hiding in the forest, long-haired and dressed as women, tell their story to Charles Mount, a young American colonel on June 25 1951. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
March 1951: At a drop zone the equipment and food dropping by parachute onto the battlefields. (Photo by John Dominis/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Circa 1951: Troops walking in formation. (Photo by John Dominis/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North and South Korea on Wednesday marked the 64th anniversary of the war between them that ended in a truce and left the nations bitterly divided.

Thousands of North Koreans took part in a huge rally in Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang. Signs praising North Korea's leaders past and present, and highlighting North Korea's confrontation with America, decorated the square.

The chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee spoke from a balcony, his speech punctuated by chants and raised fists from the crowd in the square. Speeches from representatives of workers, farmers, and young people followed his remarks.

In South Korea, U.S. veterans of the war were among people attending a ceremony in Seoul.

North Korea says America started the Korean War. Historians around the world agree the war began when North Korea invaded the South.

The 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula still technically in a state of war. Hundreds of thousands of troops square off along the world's most heavily armed border; periodic skirmishes have taken place on land and at sea and public officials in both Koreas routinely use harsh rhetoric to describe the rival nation.

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