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AP PHOTOS: 60th anniversary of Korean armistice

  • A North Korean military veteran uses a handkerchief to protect himself from the sun in the stands at a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in North Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    A North Korean military veteran uses a handkerchief to protect himself from the sun in the stands at a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in North Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • Confetti is released as young North Koreans participate in the mass dance party, Sunday, July 28, 2013, during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Confetti is released as young North Koreans participate in the mass dance party, Sunday, July 28, 2013, during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • North Korean soldiers file out of an arena in Pyongyang after a concert that was held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang,  Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    North Korean soldiers file out of an arena in Pyongyang after a concert that was held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • Young North Koreans participate in a mass dance party at the Kim Il Sung stadium, Sunday, July 28, 2013,  during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Young North Koreans participate in a mass dance party at the Kim Il Sung stadium, Sunday, July 28, 2013, during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • North Korean war veterans are silhouetted as they walk pass the Arch of Triumph, after attending festivities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2013.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    North Korean war veterans are silhouetted as they walk pass the Arch of Triumph, after attending festivities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2013.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • North Korean women dressed in tradition dresses walk to the Kim Il Sung Stadium for the festivities as part of  North Korea's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2013.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    North Korean women dressed in tradition dresses walk to the Kim Il Sung Stadium for the festivities as part of North Korea's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2013.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • North Korean war veterans take their seats in the Kim Il Sung stadium as they gather to watch the mass dance party, which is part of North Korea's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2013 .(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    North Korean war veterans take their seats in the Kim Il Sung stadium as they gather to watch the mass dance party, which is part of North Korea's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2013 .(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • North Koreans attend a concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    North Koreans attend a concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • North Korean veterans of the Korean War watch a mass dance party event marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in Pyongyang, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    North Korean veterans of the Korean War watch a mass dance party event marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in Pyongyang, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • North Koreans dance inside Kim Il Sung Stadium during a mass dance party event held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    North Koreans dance inside Kim Il Sung Stadium during a mass dance party event held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • North Koreans stand to attention and sing inside Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang during mass dance party event held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    North Koreans stand to attention and sing inside Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang during mass dance party event held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • North Korean veterans of the Korean War walk past a large mosaic of the late leader Kim Il Sung as they leave an event marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday July  28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    North Korean veterans of the Korean War walk past a large mosaic of the late leader Kim Il Sung as they leave an event marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • A North Korean veteran of the Korean War rests as he and his colleagues attend a mass dance party event marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    A North Korean veteran of the Korean War rests as he and his colleagues attend a mass dance party event marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • President Barack Obama, left, participates in a wreath laying ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War during at a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. At far right is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    President Barack Obama, left, participates in a wreath laying ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War during at a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. At far right is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • President Barack Obama, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel participate in a commemorative ceremony on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    President Barack Obama, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel participate in a commemorative ceremony on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • President Barack Obama, center, walks with Korea's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Jung, left, and Special Envoy from the Republic of Korea Kim Jung Hun, during a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    President Barack Obama, center, walks with Korea's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Jung, left, and Special Envoy from the Republic of Korea Kim Jung Hun, during a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • President Barack Obama attends a commemorative ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    President Barack Obama attends a commemorative ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • President Barack Obama speaks during a commemorative ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    President Barack Obama speaks during a commemorative ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • President Barack Obama attends a commemorative ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    President Barack Obama attends a commemorative ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • President Barack Obama walks with Special Envoy from the Republic of Korea Kim Jung Hun, right, during a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Seen behind at right of the President is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    President Barack Obama walks with Special Envoy from the Republic of Korea Kim Jung Hun, right, during a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Seen behind at right of the President is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • A North Korean veteran of the Korean War bows his head during a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    A North Korean veteran of the Korean War bows his head during a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • A group from the Paralyzed Veterans of Korea watch as President Barack Obama speaks on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, during remarks at a commemorative ceremony near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    A group from the Paralyzed Veterans of Korea watch as President Barack Obama speaks on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, during remarks at a commemorative ceremony near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • President Barack Obama speaks on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, during remarks at a commemorative ceremony near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Obama appealed to Americans to pause "in our hurried lives" and let these veterans "carry us back to the days of their youth and let us be awed by their shining deeds. Listen closely and hear their story of a generation."  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    President Barack Obama speaks on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, during remarks at a commemorative ceremony near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Obama appealed to Americans to pause "in our hurried lives" and let these veterans "carry us back to the days of their youth and let us be awed by their shining deeds. Listen closely and hear their story of a generation." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

  • North Korean veteran Oh Gyu Sun, 78, who was a nurse in the Korean War participates in the mass dance party, Sunday, July 28, 2013, during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    North Korean veteran Oh Gyu Sun, 78, who was a nurse in the Korean War participates in the mass dance party, Sunday, July 28, 2013, during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • A North Korean military veteran uses a handkerchief to protect himself from the sun in the stands at a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in North Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • Confetti is released as young North Koreans participate in the mass dance party, Sunday, July 28, 2013, during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  • North Korean soldiers file out of an arena in Pyongyang after a concert that was held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang,  Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • Young North Koreans participate in a mass dance party at the Kim Il Sung stadium, Sunday, July 28, 2013,  during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  • North Korean war veterans are silhouetted as they walk pass the Arch of Triumph, after attending festivities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2013.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  • North Korean women dressed in tradition dresses walk to the Kim Il Sung Stadium for the festivities as part of  North Korea's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2013.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  • North Korean war veterans take their seats in the Kim Il Sung stadium as they gather to watch the mass dance party, which is part of North Korea's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, July 28, 2013 .(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  • North Koreans attend a concert to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • North Korean veterans of the Korean War watch a mass dance party event marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in Pyongyang, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • North Koreans dance inside Kim Il Sung Stadium during a mass dance party event held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • North Koreans stand to attention and sing inside Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang during mass dance party event held to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • North Korean veterans of the Korean War walk past a large mosaic of the late leader Kim Il Sung as they leave an event marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday July  28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • A North Korean veteran of the Korean War rests as he and his colleagues attend a mass dance party event marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in Pyongyang, on Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • President Barack Obama, left, participates in a wreath laying ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War during at a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. At far right is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel participate in a commemorative ceremony on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama, center, walks with Korea's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Jung, left, and Special Envoy from the Republic of Korea Kim Jung Hun, during a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama attends a commemorative ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama speaks during a commemorative ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama attends a commemorative ceremony on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama walks with Special Envoy from the Republic of Korea Kim Jung Hun, right, during a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Seen behind at right of the President is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • A North Korean veteran of the Korean War bows his head during a mass military parade on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • A group from the Paralyzed Veterans of Korea watch as President Barack Obama speaks on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, during remarks at a commemorative ceremony near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • President Barack Obama speaks on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, during remarks at a commemorative ceremony near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. Obama appealed to Americans to pause "in our hurried lives" and let these veterans "carry us back to the days of their youth and let us be awed by their shining deeds. Listen closely and hear their story of a generation."  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
  • North Korean veteran Oh Gyu Sun, 78, who was a nurse in the Korean War participates in the mass dance party, Sunday, July 28, 2013, during the festivities for the North Korean's celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

The 60th anniversary of the truce that ended the Korean War was observed over the weekend in the United States and on the Korean Peninsula.

In Pyongyang, overlooking a sea of spectators mobilized in Kim Il Sung Square to cheer and wave flags, leader Kim Jong Un saluted his troops from a review stand. He was flanked by senior military officials, the chests of their uniforms laden with medals.

In Washington, D.C., President Obama observed the day with a speech at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, saying the anniversary marks the end of the war and the beginning of a long and prosperous peace.

“Here today, we can say with confidence, that war was no tie, Korea was a victory,” with 50 million South Koreans living in freedom and “a vibrant democracy” in stark contrast to dire conditions in the North, Obama said.

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