North Korea skips annual 'anti-US imperialism' rally

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 25, 2018

The conflict began on June 25, 1950, when the North launched a massed invasion of the South, capturing Seoul three days later.

And while softening its criticism of the current USA administration, North Korea has stepped up its attacks on "capitalist values" in general — an oblique warning that its diplomatic outreach to the world should not be taken to mean it's ready to throw away its socialist ideals anytime soon.

But Pyongyang has long accused the USA of provoking the Korean War as part of a plan for global domination and blames it for the division of the peninsula, agreed between Moscow and Washington in the closing days of the Second World War.

"Every year on this day, our army and people row the boat of memories, full of creed and determination to defend the nation", a report carried by the state-run Rodong Sinmun read. North Korea even issued special anti-U.S. postage stamps.

Last year's event was held in Kim Il Sung Square with a reported 100,000 people attending.

In another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korea has made a decision to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its calendar: the annual "anti-U.S. imperialism" rally marking the start of the Korean War.

Analysts say the rare omission of the United States in North Korean media coverage of the anniversary may be part of the regime's efforts to maintain the current diplomatic momentum.

Singapore said on Sunday it spent Singaporean $16.3 million ($12 million) on the historic US-North Korea summit, adding it was less than initially anticipated after some in the city-state complained about the high cost.

"North Korean anti-Americanism may have popular roots (nourished by decades of agitprop), but what we see is what the state wants us to", he added.

North Korea's state media were filled with reports, photos and video of the June 12 meeting between Trump and Kim in Singapore.

The meeting concluded with the signing of a joint document between the two leaders, outlining their commitment to the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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