North Korea officially warned the United States that, if there were another war on the Korean Peninsula, no Americans would be left alive to sign a surrender document.
In addition, while celebrating the anniversary of the Korean War that took the lives of more than 54,000 American soldiers sixty-two years ago, North Korean officials claim they were victorious.
The North Koreans lined the streets, flocked to patriotic gatherings, and danced in massive ceremonies, as they celebrated the anniversary of the July 27, 1953 agreement that ended the Korean War with an armistice.
The Korean War anniversary celebration brought a celebratory tone to the capital of North Korea, with the general public using the holiday to show their patriotic pride by laying flowers before statues of North Korea’s first president Kim Il-sung and his son, Kim Jong-il.
The patriotic citizens of North Korea also took time to enjoy the warm summer weather at parks and ice cream stands throughout the capital city and around the nation.
Between 1950 and 1953, with military and financial support from the Soviet Union and China, North Koreans fought with the South Korea and the United Nations allies, including the United States.
Kim Jong-un, the third leader in the Kim dynasty, gave a speech on Saturday, stressing that North Korea now has a formidable nuclear arsenal of its own, according to a report by The Guardian.
Kim Jong-un’s speech text was broadcasted on North Korean television, including the following warning to the United States.
“Gone forever is the era when the United States blackmailed us with nukes; now the United States is no longer a source of threat and fear for us and we are the very source of fear for it.”
North Korea’s leaders also stressed to veterans the need to encourage the country’s young people to assert the same devotion and fighting spirit as the generation that experienced the Korean War decades ago.
At another gathering on Sunday, Korean People’s Army General Pak Yong Sik said that if the United States provokes another war and does not abandon its hostile policies toward Pyongyang, North Korea is prepared to fight until “there would be no one left to sign a surrender document.”
At meeting, which included high-level officials, diplomats, and veterans stationed in Pyongyang, North Korea, General Pak Yong Sik lashed out at the United States.
“It is more than 60 years since the ceasefire on [the] land, but peace has not yet settled on it. The past Korean War brought about the beginning of the downhill turn for the U.S., but the second Korean War will bring the final ruin to U.S. imperialism.”
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