#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – April 25 – A national holiday, the Korean People’s Army Day, is being marked in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday by ceremonial meetings, rallies, concerts and sports events.
There will be no big military parade this year. Pyongyang residents traditionally lay flowers at the huge statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, installed on the Mansu Hill in the down-town area.
A mas pilgrimage began on Friday morning to military cemeteries, including those where the servicemen who died in the battles of the Korean War of 1950-53 are buried.
The military attaches of Russia, China, Vietnam, Cuba, Iran, and Egypt, accredited in Pyongyang, have honoured the memory of the dead.
#AceWorldNews says that North Korea has rebuffed a proposal from the South to hold Red Cross talks and debate the conditions that would permit regular reunions of families split up by the 1950-53 Korean War.
The North issued a message to South Korea Thursday declaring that it is not the correct atmosphere to hold such talks, according to Yonhap news agency.
That statement was likely in reference to ongoing military drills in the Asian Pacific.
Earlier this week, North Korea fired at least two SCUD missiles into the ocean as a way of flexing its military muscle in protest against South Korea’s annual military drills with the US.
Pyongyang has also made clear that it is unhappy with leaflets critical of leader Kim Jong-un that were dropped into the isolated nation.
Myogilsang in Kumgangsan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The reunions are short and will only last till Tuesday, but for most of them this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
This comes as second and last group of South Korean families, comprising 350 elderly people, crossed the border into North Korea on Sunday.
A first group of South and North Korean families were reunited on Thursday.
The reunion ended with an emotional farewell on Saturday.
Million of Koreans, who were split by war, have been waiting to get back together for sixty years.
But only a small lucky group from the South and the North have been allowed to join in a bittersweet reunion.
Rail lines and other contacts between the two sides were first severed during the 1950-53 Korean War.
No peace deal has been signed since then, meaning that North and South Korea remain technically at war.
The latest much-anticipated reunion event went ahead despite a growing tension over the Joint US–South Korean military drill.
South Korea and the United States have launched another round of controversial war-games on the Korean Peninsula despite opposition from the North.
Senior North Korean officials have often accused Washington of plotting with regional allies to topple the country’s government.
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#AceWorldNews says that South and North Korea on Thursday started reunions of people separated for six decades after the Korean War.
The new round of reunions is the first since 2010 and is planned through Tuesday.
About 80 elderly South Koreans travelled with their families to North Korea’s Diamond Mountain to reunite with relatives they hadn’t seen since between 1950-53, AP reported. Seoul says about 180 North Koreans were expected at the meetings.
#AceWorldNews says that North and South Korea agreed on Friday to proceed with reunions of families separated by the Korean War, Reuters reported. Pyongyang earlier demanded that the reunions could only go ahead if the South postponed military exercises with the US.
There was no link between the issues in a three-point agreement reached after two sessions of talks this week. They were the first high-level meetings between the sides in seven years.