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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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More than half of China’s cities saw air quality improve year-on-year in September, the Chinese Environment Ministry has said.

The average density of PM 2.5 stood at 25 micrograms per cubic meter in September in 338 cities, down 16.7 per cent from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

These cities enjoyed good air quality on 90.8 per cent of the days last month, up 2.6 per cent, Xinhua news agency said.

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The world’s most populous nation has over 600 cities and is grappling with chronic pollution which kills about one million people annually.

China is the world’s biggest coal producer and alone burns half of it, leading to severe pollution. The country is also the largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.

However, the government has cracked down heavily on the polluting industries, shutting many of them. In July, the government released a three-year action plan to tackle the problem.

It also punishes top officials for not doing enough to rein in pollution.

Beijing is no longer the world’s most polluted city.

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In the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the share of days with good air quality in September stood at 79.2 per cent, a year-on-year increase of 27.8 percentage points, while the PM 2.5 density of the region dropped by 33.3 per cent on year to 36 micrograms per cubic meter, the Ministry was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

In the first three quarters of this year, 7 out of 20 cities with the worst air quality were in northern Shanxi province, China’s coal-producing hub.

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According to the action plan released in July, by 2020, emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide should have dropped by more than 15 per cent over the 2015 levels, while cities that fail to meet the requirement of PM 2.5 density should see a decline of more than 18 per cent from 2015 levels. (IANS)