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July 30, 2013
Calling for Peace in Korea on July 27, 2013
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement on July 27, when the official events in Washington, DC focused on the Korean War veterans, a contingent of peace activists and concerned citizens -- both Koreans and Americans -- came together in D.C. for a series of events to highlight the fact that the Korean War is not officially over since peace treaty was never signed to end the war, leaving the Korean Peninsula in a perpetual state of semi-war that drains manpower, resources and maintains volatile tensions. Similar actions occurred in South Korea as well, demanding signing of peace treaty as a step towards a peaceful resolution in Korea (see below photo).
South and North Korean teams marched together in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, under one flag representing one Korea -- highlighting the Korean people's desire for reunification. This did not happen in the 2008 Olympics, suggesting challenges that remain.
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Long-closed Military Demarcation Line in the DMZ that divides Korea is now open for inter-Korea traffic and exchanges, but the exchanges have slowed down since 2008.
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