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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE DECLARES "KOREA IS ONE" (english)
31 Jul 2003
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE DECLARES "KOREA IS ONE"

By Monica Moorehead
and Maggie Vascassenno

Pyongyang, DPRK
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Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the Aug. 7, 2003
issue of Workers World newspaper
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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE DECLARES "KOREA IS ONE"

By Monica Moorehead
and Maggie Vascassenno

Pyongyang, DPRK

Here, in the capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Korean Committee in Solidarity with the World's People hosted activities July 22-28 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. These activities included an International Conference for Peace on the Korean Peninsula and the second International Tribunal on U.S. War Crimes in Korea. The first tribunal had been held in New York by the Korea Truth Commission in June 2001.

In addition to Koreans, 63 delegates representing 43 organizations and 26 countries participated in these events. A U.S. delegation included representatives from the KTC, Veterans for Peace, International Action Center, Korean Quarterly magazine and Workers World Party.

The delegates visited the Sinchon Museum, a painful reminder of U.S.
military atrocities inflicted upon the civilians of Sinchon Province
during the war; Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where the body of the DPRK's founder and great leader Kim Il Sung lies in state; and the U.S. spy ship Pueblo, which was captured by the DPRK in 1968.

The delegates participated in a solidarity march and rally to the Three Charters for National Reunification monument, where thousands of people greeted them.

Hundreds of youngsters and teens gave an extraordinary performance at
the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren's Palace that included traditional Korean songs and dances as well as revolutionary renditions.

On July 27, in a festival of music, dance and fireworks, tens of
thousands poured into Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate their victory over the U.S. and to reaffirm their determination to defend their
sovereignty.

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, and ended on July 27, 1953, when the U.S. was forced to abandon its goal of conquering socialist North Korea and signed an armistice agreement. The war resulted in the deaths of 4 million Koreans, most of them civilians, and over 50,000 GIs. It left Korea divided along the 38th parallel. Millions of Koreans and their supporters are demanding that the U.S. sign a peace treaty with the DPRK that will lay the basis for peaceful reunification of north and south Korea, along with the withdrawal of U.S. troops and nuclear weapons from the south.

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