It was followed by the Arirang mass games before a capacity 150,000-strong crowd at the stadium, with a card section of 80,000 children flipping messages that included “Nothing in the world to envy” and “We want to be in the army of our Generalissimo.”
In the South Korean capital Seoul yesterday, veterans of some of the 16 countries that fought under the UN command during the Korean War marked the truce at a more intimate event.
“For the past 60 years, an uncertain peace that can be broken at any moment has been maintained,” South Korean President Park Geun-hye said. “The war has been suspended and we are in the midst of the longest truce.”
In 1950 the US rallied the UN to send troops to counter the North’s invasion of the South, which was backed by Soviet forces. The allies nearly destroyed Kim Il-sung’s army when China intervened.
On July 27, 1953, military commanders representing North Korea, China and the US signed the armistice, setting up a 240km border across the peninsula that is the world’s most heavily guarded frontier.