Monday marked the 62 year anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War. North Korean officials used the anniverssary as an opportunity to make verbal threats against the United States.

Kim Jong Un addressed veterans in a speech on Saturday, stressing that North Korea's nuclear arsenal makes the country a threat to the US. "Gone forever is the era when the United States blackmailed us with nukes; now the United States is no longer a source of threat and fear for us and we are the very source of fear for it," he said.

In a separate gathering held on Sunday, Korean People's Army Gen. Pak Yong Sik, who is believed to be North Korea's new defense minister, said that if the country were to engage in war with the US, North Korea is prepared to fight until "there would be no one left to sign the surrender document." He told the group of high-level officials, veterans, and diplomats stationed in Pyongyang and present for the meeting, "It is more than 60 years since the ceasefire on [the] land, but peace has not yet settled on it. The past Korean War brought about the beginning of the downhill turn for the US, but the second Korean war will bring the final ruin to US imperialism."

On Monday, US envoys said they would be willing to negotiate a deal with North Korea - similar to the plan with Iran - that would curb the country's nuclear program. North Korea hasn't expressed any interest in diplomacy.


Facts about the Korean War:

The Korean War was the first war in which the UN participated. Sixteen countries sent troops to fight with South Korea, and 41 sent equipment or aid. China fought on the side of North Korea, and the Soviet Union sent them military equipment.

Roughly 90% of troops sent to aid South Korea were sent from the US.

The US spent around $67 billion on the war.

A peace treaty was never signed, only an armistice agreement, so technically the Korean War never ended.

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