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Obama Honors Korean War Veterans on 60th Anniversary of Armistice

Obama Calls on Americans to Honor Korean War Vetsi
July 27, 2013 11:36 PM
On the 60th anniversary of the armistice that halted the Korean War, the president pays visit to. Washington's Korean War Veterans Memorial. VOA's Kent Klein has more.
On the 60th anniversary of the armistice that halted the Korean War, the president pays visit to Washington's Korean War Veterans Memorial.
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U.S. President Barack Obama says the Korean War was a victory for the United States and its allies that gave the people of South Korea a chance for a brighter future.

Obama spoke to a sea of Korean War veterans and their families Saturday in Washington at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. The ceremony honored the 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice signing that ended fighting in 1953 and established a demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

The president said some critics of the war have called the armistice a stalemate, but he disagreed.

"We can say with confidence that war was no tie. Korea was a victory. When 50 million South Koreans live in freedom, a vibrant democracy, one of the world's most dynamic economies — in stark contrast to the repression and poverty of the North — that is a victory and that is your legacy," said Obama.

The president praised American service men and women for "leaving behind everyone they loved to fight for a people they had never met." He said the war showed the world the United States will remain a force for peace, security and prosperity.

The president also laid a wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

South Korea sent political and military leaders to Washington to honor Korean War veterans. Special envoy Kim Jung Hun thanked the veterans for giving their "blood, sweat and tears" so that his people could live in freedom.

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by: Markt
July 29, 2013 7:57 PM
It was a stalemate...not a victory, for either side. It left 33,686 American dead, and another 2,800 wounded. South Korean forces losses; 373, 599 civilians killed, 137, 899 military forces killed. North Korean losses are estimated at 215, 000 dead and 303,000 wounded. Chinese forces operating in Korea and estimated 400,000 dead and another 486,000 wounded. For a grand total of 1,160,184 dead and 791,800 wounded. In three years of fighting. It has also lead to a nation of people divided, physically and politically for over 60 years.
That is not a victory, not for America, not for Korea, and not for the allies of both sides that took part in that Conflict. It is also not a victory when you figure in the tensions between North and South that has gone on for 60+ years and will continue to go for many, many years to come.
Truth be told, in ANY war, there are no real victors, only losses.

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