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In this image taken from video North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, salutes during a military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the country's founding, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video) TV OUT, NORTH KOREA OUT
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Seoul:  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed revenge on the US for the “crimes” it committed during the 1950-53 Korean War, five days before the 62nd anniversary of the truce that ended the war.

Kim said North Korea should force the US to “pay for the bloodshed of Koreans and settle accounts with it with arms, without fail”, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.

The leader made these remarks during a visit to the Sinchon Museum of American War Atrocities, in the heart of North Korean capital Pyongyang, to mark the upcoming anniversary of the truce that ended the war but divided the Korean peninsula into two.

“He said the museum served as a centre for class education and a source of the will to take revenge upon the enemy and a historic place bearing witness to the US imperialists’ monstrous atrocities,” KCNA reported.

The museum, built in 1960 and further expanded and modernised last year, is frequented by foreign tourists. It exhibits war relics related to crimes North Korea attributes to the US during the war, including the killing of 35,000 North Koreans in Sinchon.

The museum has on display US airplanes and tanks and the famous USS Pueblo, a spy ship seized off North Korea’s east coast in 1968.

The Korean War that pitted the Communist North, backed by China and the former USSR, against the capitalist South, supported by the US and UN forces, ended inconclusively but Pyongyang claims it won the war and celebrates the anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

The conflict, the first of the Cold War and one of the bloodiest wars in history, devastated entire cities of the Korean peninsula and claimed the lives of around 2.5 million people. (IANS/EFE)

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Tibetan Activist Sentenced to 5 Years of Imprisonment in China

A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence "unjust" and urging his immediate release.

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A Tibetan education activist was on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison by a Chinese court for inciting separatism, Amnesty International (AI) said, calling the sentence “unjust” and urging his immediate release.

The main evidence against Tashi Wangchuk, who was sentenced by a court in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province, was a 2015 video by the New York Times about his campaign for saving the Tibetan language, according to his lawyer.

“Today’s verdict against Tashi Wangchuk is a gross injustice. He is being cruelly punished for peacefully drawing attention to the systematic erosion of Tibetan culture,” AI East Asia Research Director Joshua Rosenzweig was cited as saying by Efe news.

Before his arrest, the 31-year-old activist had expressed concern over the fact that many Tibetan children could not fluently speak their native language, contributing to the progressive extinction of the Tibetan culture.

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“Tashi must be immediately and unconditionally released,” demanded AI, pointing out that the activist had already spent two years in detention without access to his family.

Rosenzweig claimed that Tashi Wangchuk “was a human rights defender and prisoner of conscience who used the media and China’s own legal system in his struggle to preserve Tibetan language, culture and identity”.

In the New York Times video, the activist had highlighted “the extreme discrimination and restrictions on freedom of expression that Tibetans face in China today”.

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Non-profit Human Rights Watch (HRW) also criticized the prison term for Tashi Wangchuk, whose “only crime was to peacefully call for the right of minority peoples to use their own language”, a right safeguarded by the Chinese Constitution.

“His conviction on bogus separatism charges show that critics of government policy on minorities have no legal protections,” said HRW China Director Sophie Richardson. (IANS)

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