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Rival nations mark 64th anniversary of Korean War

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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bjredmond64 June 25 2014 at 10:49 AM

the guy that runs N korea is a nut job. i'm surprised people follow him at all. but, then, hitler was a nut job, too, wasnt he?

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tjburkee bjredmond64 June 25 2014 at 6:46 PM

The US of A has had its nut jobs. The balnce of power has restrained them.

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soccer_sucks June 25 2014 at 11:20 AM

Oh sure blame the us becouse you wanted to take over another counrty
That would be like north dakota going to war against south dakota.
We need to bring out the nukes and start selling them so places like are gone for good

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mehensley soccer_sucks June 25 2014 at 12:39 PM

N Dakota Fighting S Dakota, NOW That is funny. I thought N Dakota changed it's name to S Canada a few years ago. At least they wanted to change the name so tourist would show up, NOW That's even funnier, Tourist visiting N Dakota

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Mike June 25 2014 at 10:12 AM

How many of America's missing wound up on the dinner table of these "people"?

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YourFtr June 25 2014 at 1:11 PM

At one time during WWII;
Roosevelt told MacArthur that the Joint Chiefs wanted to 'Bypass' the Phillipines in the war.
So, MacArthur told him "If you Bypass the Phillipines; you can have my Stars !!"
We landed and drove the enemy out of the Phillipines; like MacArthur had promised !!

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YourFtr June 25 2014 at 1:05 PM

Since democrats like to blame the current situation in Iraq on Bush;
we might as well fire the first shot that the current situation in North Korea with them building ICBMs and Nuclear weapons to bomb us with is TRUMAN's Fault !!

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SharonGDaley@dayrep. June 25 2014 at 12:23 PM


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dwtomczyk June 25 2014 at 11:59 AM

usa called it an "police action" not an war

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Butch dwtomczyk June 25 2014 at 5:51 PM

usa called it "a" police action not "a" war - not "AN" :)

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botcheditagain000 June 25 2014 at 11:26 AM

That seems like an awful waste of perfectly good land...why don't they just bury them all together.

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salmo60 June 25 2014 at 11:07 AM

Why is the US still wasting our soldiers and money in Korea? Let the nations in that are solve their own problems.

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aptwest June 25 2014 at 10:33 AM

Another loss of Americans. What a waste.

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raveon1019 aptwest June 25 2014 at 12:20 PM

This wasn't a loss. Ask a South Korean

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ayyiyicaramba aptwest June 25 2014 at 12:50 PM

The Korean War was ANOTHER CASE in which a U.S. president places a U.S. ARMY GENERAL (Douglass MacArthur) in-charge of our combat forces -THEN- prohibits him from FINISHING and/or ANNIHILATING the enemy.

Same BS during the very much “WINNABLE”Vietnam War, and now, with our nation's current “Politically Correct” war in Afghanistan.

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clpblank ayyiyicaramba June 25 2014 at 1:18 PM

Where do you get your incorrect history? I will not argue Viet Nam or Afghanistan because I agree the ROE's are willfully wrong. But MacArthur forced a issue by pushing to the Yalu River when he was told not to, Force the PRC of intervene, not that wouldn't have anyway but MacArthur forced the fight with the Chinese forces. That we were able to fight MILLIONS of Chinese to a standstill after nearly losing.

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