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North Korea marks 63rd anniversary of end of Korean war

The truce has never been converted into a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreans technically in a state of war. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Pyongyang Jul 27, 2016, 01.26 PM (IST)
North Korean soldiers and citizens offered flowers at a war cemetery in Pyongyang today to mark the 63rd anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

Video provided to Reuters by North Korea's official news agency KCNA, which Reuters cannot independently verify, showed people carrying flowers to the Patriotic Martyrs Cemetery and the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery and observing a moment of silence.

In the footage, North Koreans are also seen watching performances in front of the Taedongmun theatre in Pyongyang.

The armistice, signed on July 27, 1953, halted fighting between US-led UN forces backing South Korea and Communist Chinese and North Korean troops.

North Korea says the armistice marks the defeat of the United States and has protected the sovereignty of the communist country under founder Kim Il Sung.

The truce has never been converted into a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreans technically in a state of war.

(Reuters)
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