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Rival nations mark 64th anniversary of start of Korean War that left them bitterly divided

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    U.S. veteran Fred R. Liberhan from Brooklyn, N.Y., left, shakes hands with South Korean war veteran Lee Gang-sung during a ceremony to mark the 64th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The three year Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, when Soviet tank-led North Koreans invaded South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (The Associated Press)

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    South Korean war veterans wave their national flags during a ceremony to mark the 64th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The three-year Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, when Soviet tank-led North Koreans invaded South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (The Associated Press)

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    South Korean Kim Sung-wook bows in front the gravestone of his late father's eldest brother Kim Young-bock who died during the 1950-1953 Korean War on the eve of the 64th anniversary of the conflict, at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The United States and 15 other countries fought alongside South Korea under the U.N. flag against North Korean and Chinese troops during the Korean War. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (The Associated Press)

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    U.S. veterans and their family members watch pictures of Korean War records during a ceremony to mark the 64th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The three-year Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, when Soviet tank-led North Koreans invaded South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (The Associated Press)

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    South Korean war veterans salute during a ceremony to mark the 64th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. The three-year War broke out on June 25, 1950, when Soviet tank-led North Koreans invaded South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (The Associated Press)

North and South Korea have marked the 64th anniversary of the war between them that ended in a truce and left the nations bitterly divided.

Thousands of North Koreans took part in a huge rally in Kim Il Sung Square in central Pyongyang. Signs praising North Korea's leaders past and present, and highlighting North Korea's confrontation with America, decorated the square.

The Chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee spoke from a balcony, his speech punctuated by chants and gestures from the crowd in the square. Speeches from representatives of workers, farmers, and young people followed his remarks.

In South Korea, U.S. veterans of the war were among people attending a ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday.