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Anti-U.S. Mass Rally of Pyongyangites Held

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

   Pyongyang, September 2 (KCNA) -- A mass rally of Pyongyangites was held Saturday on the bank of the River Taedong where the monument to the sinking of the U.S. aggression ship General Sherman stands. It was sponsored to denounce the 140-year-long history of the U.S. imperialists' aggression against Korea. Present at the rally were Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party, Kang Ryon Hak, presidium member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, and other senior officials of the political parties and power bodies and social organizations and working people, youths and students in Pyongyang.
    Choe Hong Il, vice-chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee, said in his speech that the sinking of the U.S. ship for aggression General Sherman meant the first shameful defeat of the U.S. imperialists in their history of aggression against other countries and a historic event that demonstrated the spirit of the Korean people.
    Referring to the fact that the U.S. imperialists' ship General Sherman intruded into the River Taedong in August of 1866, starting their aggression against Korea, he noted that the Korean people never remained a passive onlooker to their outrages.
    Villagers of Mangyongdae and soldiers and people of the walled city of Pyongyang under the leadership of ardent patriot Kim Ung U fought against the aggressor ship, sending it to the bottom of the river on Sept. 2, the speaker said, and went on:
    Far from drawing a lesson from their defeat, the U.S. imperialists persistently tried to achieve their goal in the subsequent period. They recently worked out a lot of war scenarios for a preemptive attack on the DPRK and have staged madcap large-scale nuclear war exercises, raising a hue and cry over the "nuclear and missile issues."
    They should face up to the trend of the times and roll back their policy of colonial occupation of south Korea and halt their moves to perpetuate the Korean division and step up their war preparations but immediately pull their aggressor troops and all war equipment including nukes out of it.
    The floor was taken by representatives of people of different social standings. Should the U.S. imperialist aggressors, the chief architect of national division and the root cause of aggression and war, continue running wild to stifle the DPRK instead of drawing a lesson from the sinking of the ship General Sherman 140 years ago and the shameful defeat in the last Korean war, the Korean people will sternly punish them with their deterrent for self-defence and win a great victory in the stand-off with the U.S., they warned.

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