The Korean War,
and a Panorama of 70 Years

At 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 25, 1950, North Korea launched a surprise attack against South Korea to ignite the Korean War, a tragic fratricidal conflict.
70 years have passed since then.
The sound of gunfire and cries of victims stopped long ago, but the pain of national division still remains.
While South and North Korea have feuded and clashed with each other occasionally, they have never given up hope for a peaceful, unified Korea.
Let’s look back on the paths the two Koreas have walked over the past seven decades.

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Kim Jong-un Preparing for 'Arduous March' against Sanctions Pressure Main News Kim Jong-un Preparing for 'Arduous March' against Sanctions Pressure Anchor: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly decided on a more severe "Arduous March," in an apparent effort to withstand economic difficulties amid prolonged global sanctions against the country. According to North Korean media outlets Friday, Kim announced the decision the previous day.   Kim Bum-soo has more    Report: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his country should get ready for another “Arduous March” to ride out U.S.-led sanctions. [Sound bite: N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Korean Central TV Apr. 9 / Korean-English translation)]  "I made up my mind to ask the WPK organizations at all levels, including its Central Committee, and the cell secretaries of the entire party to wage another more difficult 'Arduous March' in order to relieve our people of the difficulty."   North Korean state media on Friday reported Kim’s remarks from the previous day at a conference of the ruling Workers' Party's working-level cell leaders.  The term "Arduous March" refers to a North Korean propaganda campaign used during mass starvation in the 90s, which urged the North Korean people to invoke the fable of North Korean founder Kim Il-sung as an anti-Japanese guerrilla leader.    [Sound bite: N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Korean Central TV Apr. 9 / Korean-English translation)]  "Our Party never expects that there will be any fortuitous opportunity for us in paving the road for our people and in realizing their great aim and ideals to build socialism and communism. There is nothing we could depend on or look to."     The remarks from Pyongyang came as the U.S. is spending weeks to draft its North Korea grand strategy following a series of meetings with officials from Seoul and Tokyo.  Speaking to reporters on Thursday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price contested speculations that there is a holdup. [Sound bite: US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price] (Reporter: "I  wanted to ask on the North Korea review... ") "We want to make sure we know and have a good understanding of what has been tried in the past. And we’ve said before that we have consulted widely, including with former administration officials, about their approach, their strategy, their tactics. We want to make sure we understand fully the nature of North Korea’s programs, where they are, what their intentions and capabilities might be."   Meanwhile, the South Korean government is doing all it can to revive any remaining momentum for dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang. After the presidential National Security Council meeting Thursday, attendees said Seoul will collaborate with related countries to help the two sides resume negotiations. Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News. 2021-04-09
N. Korea Will Not Attend Tokyo Olympics over COVID-19 Concerns Main News N. Korea Will Not Attend Tokyo Olympics over COVID-19 Concerns Anchor: North Korea said it will not attend this year's Tokyo Olympic Games, set to be held from July 23 to August 8, to protect the safety of its athletes from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement has dealt a blow to Seoul's plans to renew dialogue with Pyongyang at the international sports event. Choi You Sun reports. Report: A website run by North Korea's Sports Ministry announced on Tuesday that the country will not participate in this year's Tokyo Olympics due to concerns over COVID-19. The announcement said the North's Olympic Committee made the decision at a general assembly meeting on March 25, citing the need to protect the country's athletes during the global health crisis. Such news dashed South Korea's hopes to take advantage of the games to revive the stalled denuclearization dialogue and peace process with the North, similar to a series of events during and after the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Seoul's plans to have the two Koreas jointly march together during the opening ceremony and field a unified team for a number of events have also fallen through. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had also expressed openness to engage in talks with the North ahead of the Olympics to discuss Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese nationals from decades ago. It also remains unlikely the two Koreas will jointly seek to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics, especially after the International Olympic Committee(IOC) named Brisbane, Australia, the preferred host and extended an invitation to the city for targeted dialogue. Choi You Sun, KBS World Radio News. 2021-04-06
Making Peace Together Making Peace Together 2018 Inter-Korean Summit Pyongyang Date: Sept. 18-20, 2018 (Tues.-Thurs) Venue: Pyongyang(North Korea) Results: Pyongyang Declaration VIEW MORE
Timeline of recent events on the Korean Peninsula Timeline of recent events on the Korean Peninsula VIEW MORE