Korean War to Be Observed with Peace Events
South and North Korea will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War (1950-1953) on Sunday with peaceful events instead of heightening hostility against each other as done in past years.
During the landmark inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang last week, President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il agreed to refrain from making any provocative actions against each other's political system and regime.
Chong Wa Dae and the Defense Ministry decided Monday for the government to commemorate the outbreak of the Korean War with peaceful events to promote inter-Korean reconciliation.
Many government officials and leading social figures have also suggested that the Seoul government readjust the concept of anniversary events to make them peace-oriented, as the North promised to reschedule its own events not to provoke Seoul.
Thus, the South will observe the anniversary as an occasion to honor fallen patriots and citizens and stress that the threat of war on the Korean peninsula has ended.
Defense Minister Cho Seong-tae told the National Assembly on Thursday that his ministry will cancel all military parades on Sunday by domestic and foreign veterans who fought in the Korean War in order not to incite the North. …