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North, South Korea commemorate end of Korean war

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 01:28

The capitals of both North and South Korea hold ceremonies marking the anniversary of the end of the war which divided the peninisula. Tom Dinham reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~*NO ACCESS NORTH KOREA* A display of military might as North Korea celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Korean war. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is joined by China's vice president in Pyongyang's main square. The war ended in stalemate in 1953, but North Korea sees it as a victory, calling it "the Great Fatherland Liberation War." The parade, one of the largest ever held in the North, was roundly condemned in South Korea, with protesters burning effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) ANTI-NORTH KOREA PROTEST LEADER PARK CHAN-SUNG SAYING: "North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's dictatorial regime is celebrating its so called 'victory day' with a luxurious military parade when its people are starving." Striking a more conciliatory note, South Korean President Park Geun-hye used the anniversary to call for re-engagement with the North and an end to its nuclear programme. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT PARK GEUN-HYE SAYING: "Now, North Korea should give up its nuclear arms. It should bring changes into the country and be responsible with people's life and liberty." On July 27, 1953, the commanders of North Korea, China and the United States signed an armistice ending the war, setting up a 240-kilometre border across the peninsula that is the world's most heavily guarded frontier.

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North, South Korea commemorate end of Korean war

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 01:28

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