July 27 - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un opens a museum commemorating the Korean War and watches a massive fireworks display on the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un opened a museum commemorating the Korean War and watched fireworks on Saturday (July 27), the 60th anniversary of the signing of an armistice with the south. Kim emerged at an opening ceremony to cheers and clapping from a crowd of invited delegates, and greeted Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, who is visiting Pyongyang for the festivities. Kim then cut a red ribbon to open the museum, called the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, and headed inside followed by a throng of attendees. The huge museum, which a guide said took less than a year to build, displays photographs, video, statues and dioramas depicting the war, which the North claims it won. The entrance is watched over by a huge statue of Kim Jong-un's grandfather Kim Il-sung, who launched the 1950-53 war. The United States rallied the United Nations to send troops to counter the North's invasion of the South backed by Soviet forces. The allies nearly destroyed Kim Il-sung's army when China intervened to reverse the charge. On July 27, 1953, the commanders of North Korea, China and the United States signed the armistice, setting up a 240-kilometer border across the peninsula that is the world's most heavily guarded frontier. North Korea routinely blames U.S. military presence in the South as the main reason for continued conflict on the Korean peninsula six decades after the end of the Korean War under a truce signed by the North, China and the United States but not the South. Kim has made multiple public appearances in recent days, and on Saturday morning attended a huge military and civilian parade on Pyongyang's central square.