‘If there’s a war with US, we’ll win’

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PY­ONGYANG: Are the US and North Korea mov­ing closer to an­other war?

Though of­ten re­ferred to as the “For­got­ten War” in the US, it is any­thing but for­got­ten in North Korea. The July 27 an­niver­sary of the Korean War ar­mistice is cel­e­brated as a ma­jor na­tional hol­i­day called “Vic­tory in the Fa­ther­land Lib­er­a­tion War Day” and is the cul­mi­na­tion of “Anti-Amer­i­can Im­pe­ri­al­ist Month”, which be­gins on June 23, the day the 1950-53 Korean War be­gan.

As young North Kore­ans took to plazas and pub­lic spa­ces across the cap­i­tal to join in mass danc­ing and other cel­e­bra­tions, sev­eral univer­sity stu­dents were asked what they thought of the pos­si­bil­ity that an­other war could break out in their life­time.

Not sur­pris­ingly, their an­swers closely re­flect the North Korean gov­ern­ment’s of­fi­cial state­ments.

From one came the sug­ges­tion that peace talks might work.

An­other made a vow to kill every last Amer­i­can im­pe­ri­al­ist.

Kim Hyo Sim, 21, stu­dent at Py­ongyang City Com­mer­cial Col­lege, said: “The US is al­ways putting sanc­tions on our coun­try and is al­ways try­ing to iso­late us. But just as we won a vic­tory un­der the lead­er­ship of our gen­er­alis­si­mos (in the Korean War), we will win un­der the wise lead­er­ship of Mar­shal Kim Jong Un.

“I’d say our two coun­tries are now un­der the same con­di­tions of war as in the past, so I think the sit­u­a­tion then and now isn’t so dif­fer­ent. Even though we don’t want to have a war with any­one, if the US pro­vokes a war with our coun­try we will surely win.

“Our coun­try’s na­tional de- fences have been strength­ened and the US has been vi­ciously cling­ing to sanc­tions, so I think there is much more of a pos­si­bil­ity of the US pro­vok­ing us now. But I’m also very con­fi­dent of vic­tory.”

Jo Kwang Song, 29, an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy ma­jor at Kim Il Sung Univer­sity, said: “As we are the young gen­er­a­tion grow­ing up, I don’t think there will be a war be­cause we have the supreme leader Kim Jong Un and strong na­tional de­fence. The US will not pro­voke a war against us. I’m not con­cerned at all be­cause if a war is pro­voked against our coun­try we will win.

“If war breaks out, I will take up a gun my­self.

“Of course, we wish for peace. But, if the US clings to pro­vok­ing our coun­try, peace will never come. The US should come out for peace­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions. What­ever, though, we will fol­low the mar­shal and we will al­ways win. The US should put an end to its hos­tile pol­icy to­ward our coun­try.”

Ri Su Jong, 18, also a stu­dent at Py­ongyang City Com­mer­cial Col­lege, said: “We will fol­low the or­ders of supreme leader Kim Jong Un. We have launched our ICBM and we will be fully pre­pared. If an­other war breaks out, we will be cel­e­brat­ing an­other great vic­tory just like the one we are cel­e­brat­ing to­day.

“If the U.S. never touches us, then ev­ery­thing will be okay.”

Jon Kuk Chol, 31, stu­dent at the Py­ongyang Print­ing and Pub­lish­ing Univer­sity, said: “Be­cause our coun­try pos­sesses nu­clear weapons and ICBMs, war won’t break out. But if a war does break out, we will kill all the im­pe­ri­al­ists so that there won’t even be any­one left alive to sign the papers of sur­ren­der.” – ANA-AP

PIC­TURE: AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Univer­sity stu­dents wear­ing tra­di­tional Korean dress wait in the rain for the start of a mass dance in Py­ongyang, North Korea, as part of cel­e­bra­tions for the 64th an­niver­sary of the ar­mistice that ended the Korean War.

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