SEOUL, South Korea — This week, North Korea is celebrating.
An auspicious date approaches. Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that halted the Korean War of 1950 to 1953.
Americans know the conflict as the “Forgotten War,” a devastating campaign that left 36,000 of their servicemen dead and ended in a draw.
But North Koreans have a different view of the conflict, in which they claim victory. The “Great Fatherland Liberation War,” as they call it, was a crusade to unify the Korean peninsula under a communist rule.
Since the fighting ended in an armistice and not a peace treaty, both sides are technically still at war.
This week, the isolated state is rolling out the red carpet for its war heroes. Here’s a look at the festivities.