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N Korea at crossroads

Two Koreas dial down rhetoric on war anniversary

Pyongyang to skip rallies against 'U.S. imperialism'

SEOUL -- Monday's 68th anniversary of the start of the Korean War was unlike any other in recent memory as North and South refrained from their customary attacks, reflecting this year's rapid rapprochement and dialogue with the U.S.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said in a ceremony here that the government will make the most of this "miraculous" chance for peace, citing North-South reconciliation and the recent summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. At last year's ceremony, Lee had denounced North Korea for its human rights abuses, emphasized that the two Koreas remained at war, and demanded that Pyongyang halt its nuclear and missile programs.

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