North Korea condemns US ‘aggression’ on war anniversary

Among the fears North Korea may prepare to conduct its first nuclear test in five years, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and US President Joe Biden agreed in May to deploy more US weapons if necessary to contain the North.

North state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday that a number of workers’ organizations held meetings to “swear revenge on the US imperialists” by blaming the United States for starting the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The war ended with a truce rather than a peace treaty, meaning that US-led UN forces are still technically at war with North Korea.

In this June 25 photo, people hold up a banner that translates to

According to the KCNA report, Pyongyang denounced Washington for what it called “aggressive steps” taken against South Korea and Japan and said US efforts to deploy “strategic assets” in the South were intended to provoke another war.

Strategic assets can typically include aircraft carriers, long-range bombers, or missile submarines.

“Such brazen US behavior fuels the anger and revenge of the Korean people,” the KCNA said.

Marking the anniversary of the war in Seoul, Yoon promised to do everything possible to protect freedom and peace.

“We will maintain a strong security posture based on an alliance between South Korea and the United States and a strong military backed by science and technology,” he wrote on Facebook.

Saturday’s anniversary comes amid fears that Pyongyang could conduct a seventh nuclear test, which US and South Korean officials say could be carried out “at any time.”