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N. Korea opens war museum for anti-American propaganda

2013/07/28 11:08

SEOUL, July 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has opened a renovated war museum as part of efforts to exalt its late leaders and to further flare anti-American sentiment, its official news agency reported Sunday.

The opening ceremony of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum took place on Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War cease-fire, with its leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao in attendance, the North's Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a report.

Pyongyang commemorates July 27, when the Armistice Agreement was signed in 1953 to end the three-year conflict, as the day of victory in what it calls the Fatherland Liberation War. It staged a major military parade and held various events.

Kim "expressed satisfaction" over the fact that the museum has been successfully built as "a center inspiring visitors in the confrontation with the U.S. and an important base for anti-U.S education," the KCNA said.

In the opening speech, Choe Ryong-hae, the director of the military's powerful General Political Bureau, called the museum a venue "to glorify" its founder Kim Il-sung, and his son and late leader Kim Jong-il, as well as "to convey its fight spirit" against "the U.S. imperialism."

   The impoverished communist country began a massive renovation project last September for its decades-old museum in Pyongyang at Kim's instruction.

The around 52,000 square-meter museum has about 80 exhibition halls, and displays "merited weapons" and other items related to Korea's fight against Japan's colonial rule in the early 1900s and the Korean War, the KCNA said.

The North also held a banquet at its Mokran House in Pyongyang a day earlier to commemorate the armistice anniversary, according to the news agency.

The event, hosted by the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea and the National Defense Commission, attracted high-ranking officials, including leader Kim, Choe, and the commission's vice chairman and Kim's uncle Jang Song-thaek, as well as war veterans.