Obama marking 60th anniversary of Korean war truce

By: ap
By: ap

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

Obama is delivering remarks Saturday at a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.

The 1950-1953 Korean war pitted North Korean and Chinese troops against U.S.-led United Nations and South Korean forces. It ended on July 27, 1953 -- 60 years ago today -- with the signing of an armistice.

But a formal peace treaty was never signed, leaving the Korean Peninsula in a technical state of war and divided at the 38th parallel between its communist north and democratic south.

At least 2.5 million people were killed in the fighting.


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