Koreas Mark War's 70th Anniversary

Cheryl Sanders
July 3, 2020

In its efforts to keep the situation, North Korea announced it will release propaganda leaflets and balloons to "teach enemy a lesson", referring to South Korea, the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

A rapid rapprochement in 2018 that brought three summits between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in has hardened with Pyonygang disappointed at the South's inability to deliver on its promises and get the United States to agree to sanctions relaxation.

The North Korean capital, Pyongyang, said it has ceased all "unspecified military action" against South Korean capital, Seoul.

Reuters reports large speakers have been erected on North Korean territory, which borders South Korea, with the speakers expected to blast pro-North Korean propaganda.

This month, North Korea ordered its troops into Kaesong, which is also home to a deserted inter-Korean industrial complex - as well as the Mount Kumgang tourist area, another symbolic joint project that involved both nations.

While South Korea's military stands ready to counter any threat, Seoul does not wish to force its political or economic systems on the North, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said at an anniversary event.

South Korean soldiers take part in a live fire exercise near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, June 23, 2020.

More than 7,500 American troops remain unaccounted for after being lost in the war, including 5,300 that are believed to be buried on the North Korean side.

The North blew up the liaison office after she warned days before that it would soon be seen "completely collapsed", and later she called the South's Moon - who has long favoured engagement with Pyongyang - "disgusting" and apparently "insane".

"Seventy years have passed but nothing has changed. and we're exhausted of that", Kim Young-man, the son of a South Korean soldier killed during the war, said at the Seoul cemetery.

Erdogan said he felt very pleased that the friendship ties between the two countries, stemming from the unique solidarity forged during the Korean War, have been gaining strength.

Seoul's unification minister oversees engagement with North Korea. "In preparations for diverse possibilities, we maintain a firm readiness posture", said Col. Kim Jun-rak, spokesperson of the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), daily Korea Herald reported.

On Wednesday, North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un put off planned steps to end the 2018 deals after he and other senior ruling party officials in charge of military affairs "took stock of the prevailing situation". North Korea's economy faces fresh hardships because of borders being shut because of the coronavirus pandemic.

North and South Korea on Thursday separately marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, a conflict that killed millions of people and has technically yet to end.

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