Mask or gun: the two Koreas commemorate separately the armistice

Masque ou pistolet: les deux Corées commémorent séparément l'armistice

SEOUL | north leader Kim Jong A surrounded of generals waving their gun in the south, veterans, hidden, observing the social distancing: the two Koreas have commemorated separately on Monday, the 67-year-old armistice on the peninsula.

In 1953, the cease-fire had marked the beginning of the separation between the two countries and that of millions of families from both sides of the demilitarized Zone.

In Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, Kim Jong A distributed pistols commemorative dozens of generals and officers who have sworn allegiance, has announced the State media.

On the photos, the officers appear in tight rows and without a mask, despite reporting over the weekend of the first case of COVID-19 in North Korea. The country recluse had assured for months have managed to keep away from the pandemic.

In Seoul, the capital of South Korea, dozens of veterans, wearing a mask and keeping a social distancing, participated in a ceremony paying tribute to their efforts entitled, “Glory Days”.

A screen projected reconstructions of the conflict, interspersed with interviews of veterans of foreign messages and support of current heads of State who supported the South during the conflict, including the american president Donald Trump and the president of france Emmanuel Macron.

Triggered on 25 June 1950 when the North communist invaded the South, supported by the United States, the war had made several million dead. The grandfather of Kim Jong and north Korean leader at the time, Kim Il Sung wanted to then reunify by force the divided peninsula by the soviet Union and the United States at the end of the Second world War.

The Northern forces were supported by China and the USSR against the forces of the South and a coalition of the united nations led by the United States. The cease-fire was declared July 27, 1953, but was never followed by a real peace treaty.

In Pyongyang, the Korean war, also known as the “Glorious Liberation War of the Fatherland”, is still seen as a victory.

Since North Korea is assembling a nuclear arsenal is necessary to deter an american invasion, but which has led to a wave of international sanctions against it.

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