‘Only reunification will end Korean war’


North Koreans walk among tombstones of soldiers who died from the war to pay their respects, at the cemeteries of fallen fighters of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in Pyongyang, North Korea as part of ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities on the Korean peninsula. AP

SEOUL—“I think that only a reunification of the two Koreas will mark an end to the Korean War,” Park Sung Choon, Minister of Patriot and Veteran Affairs, said Thursday.

Park said it would be difficult to say when that would happen but said South Korea “should think about what we should do to prepare for that future.”

The two Koreas are set to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the declaration of a ceasefire between the two countries, following the war that took place from 1950 to 1953. With the absence of a peace treaty, South Korea and North Korea remain technically at war.

From the Incheon airport to the streets of Seoul are advertisements drumming up the anniversary celebration to be held tomorrow at the War Memorial of Korea here.

Eight Filipino war veterans, led by former President Fidel Ramos, are expected to attend the ceremonies.

The Philippines was among the 67 United Nations member-countries that responded to the UN’s call to help defend South Korea from the communist North’s sudden invasion on June 25, 1953.

It was a war to defend South Korea’s democracy and sovereignty.

The Philippines sent more than 7,000 combat troops and suffered more than 100 casualties.

“For all of our UN allies, we are very grateful and thankful for the support during the Korean War and the people of Korea will never forget what the UN allies have done for Korea,” Park said.

Park was a 5-year-old boy when the war broke out, remembering only that his family fled to another city on a small fishing boat. “Big waves hit the boat and I had seasickness and I hid under the blankets,” he recalled.

Park said “appreciation events” have always been part of his ministry’s programs as a way to extend gratitude to South Korea’s ally nations, and have the “Revisit Korea” program for the veterans and their descendants.

In the Philippines, the Korean government has built a Korean War Memorial as well.

Asked what lesson Korea has learned from the war, Park said: “Freedom is not free. Through the Korean War, we understood that strong national security is very important to defend our country and because of the geopolitical location of Korea, we understood that it is very important to have strong allies.

“Since the inception of the United Nations, no country ever accepted support from 63 countries (for a war). That one and only exceptional country was Korea,” he said.

The Korean War holds a Guinness Book of Records for that.

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  • novaliches

    pag-nangyari ito, tiyak tanggal ang majority pinoy OFW, mga north korean ang papasok, mas mura pa.

    • kangsongdaeguk

      then let them be.

  • Art Villasanta

    It is ominous war clouds never cease to hover over the Korean peninsula even as the world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Armistice on 27 July 1953 that ended fighting in the Korean War. Although military and political experts say a new Korean War is improbable, persistent provocations by Stalinist North Korea means similar incidents will recur in the future, probably in the Yellow Sea where the border separating both countries remains contested.

    It seems almost certain one of these incidents could re-ignite a war that will re-shape Asia and the world in the first half of the 21st century.

    The unyielding aim of communist North Korea is to merge both Koreas under communism in a war of unification, the same aim it had in 1950 when it ignited the Korean War by invading the Republic of Korea. The goal of South Korea and the U.S. is to defeat this war of unification, thereby uniting Korea in the process.

    But as the price of unification is renewed war, and since both foes are unwilling to risk that war, Korea must remain a divided country to maintain world peace. It is a bitter price the Korean people have to continue to pay. I sympathize greatly with the heroic Korean people.

  • $8705409

    You have earned it. You have shown it with democracy and the right leadership you can flourish and become a good example to people who enjoy democracy as well but with riddled with corrupt leaders. From the Philippines, we salute you!

  • izakyakov

    Kamsahamnida Cheoson!!

  • StrategicSafe

    wow. 63 countries including USA warred against China and still couldn’t win the war. What a joke !! China was fighting the war without air support and poor logistic. Don’t underestimate the power of China.

    • Raphael Lagdameo

      The reason why they lost china is because no matter ho many air raids they just sent wave after wave after wave of Chinese soldiers they overwhelmed the allies at first.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        when did they lose i thought america was still in korea last time i looked

      • Raphael Lagdameo

        Believe or not during the time of the Korean War the Allies lost almost the entire peninsula with only their southern most port of Busan left and the end of the peninsula. So pretty much what is now North Korea because of the help of China would be nearly the entire peninsula. So the Allies held a last ditch effort by landing at the Port of Incheon. From there they moved on to recapture Seoul. Once they got Seoul the troops in Pusan got reinforcements and the worked up towards Seoul and the ones from Seoul worked down to Busan. All in all they reclaimed the southern part and then headed North to the 38th parallel once there the north was losing so the signed the armistice. Once that happened the allies pulled out their troops and left the USA and the UN troops to defend the DMZ and Seoul.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      it was fifteen countries fighting and they had less solders than china they has migs what happened them and russians were flying them migs. america is still there where is china. and china has imposed sneak attacks on 6 countries and only defeated one tibet good job there. now that is a joke

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