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N.Koreans hold mass rallies to mark the Korean War anniversary

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SEOUL, June 25 (Yonhap)-- North Korea marked the 63rd anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War on Tuesday with mass rallies, vowing to achieve its national goal of developing its economy and nuclear capability, the country's media said.

The Korean War, which broke out with a North Korean invasion, came to a halt in a cease-fire on July 27, 1953. North Korea claims that it won the war after defeating U.S.-led allied forces.

In Pyongyang, the capital, a mass rally was held at the Kim Il Sung plaza, attended by high-ranking government, party and military officials, including Premier Pak Pong-ju and Vice Premier Kang Sok-ju, according to a report by Korean Central Television Broadcasting Station (KCBS TV) monitored here.

The report made no mention of whether the North's paramount leader Kim Jong-un attended the rally.

Cha Hui-rim, chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee, said in his speech at the rally that North Korea should develop its economy and nuclear weapons capability at the same time to confront the "U.S.imperialism," the report said.

"The rally was followed by a mammoth anti-U.S. demonstration," the report said without giving further details, including the number of participants.

Similar rallies were also held in other parts of the country, according to the (North) Korean Central News Agency.

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