Obama cheers 'victory' in Korean War on 60th anniversary
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US president, marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, said on Saturday the armistice that left a sharp division between the communist north and capitalist south was not a "tie" but a "victory."
Barack Obama's remarks are a counterpoint to a ceremony in Pyongyang, where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un unveiled a renovated Korean War museum with a US-baiting centrepiece in the form of the spy ship USS Pueblo, captured in 1968.
The 1950-53 conflict essentially ended with North and South Korea occupying the same territory they held at the start, but the 1953 armistice is celebrated in the North as "Victory Day." In his remarks Saturday at the Korean veterans memorial in Washington, Mr Obama made the same claim for the South Korea-US side.
"Here, today, we can say with confidence that war was no tie. Korea was a victory," he said.