Pyongyang, July 20 (KCNA) — Buddhist masses to defend peace against the U.S. and war and pray for the reunification of the country were held at temples across the DPRK Thursday on the lapse of 140 years since the United States infiltrated the USS Sherman into Korea on an aggressive mission.
Present at the masses were office-bearers of the Central Committee of the Korean Buddhist Federation and its provincial, city and county committees, resident priests of the temples, monks and Buddhists.
The rituals were followed by speeches.
The speakers said:
The U.S. imperialists who had nourished ambitions to invade Korea from long ago sent the USS Sherman in July 1866 to invade Korea. After the liberation of Korea on August 15, 1945 they occupied south Korea under the mask of “liberator” and perpetrated ceaseless provocations to invade the north. Finally, in June 1950, they launched a war of aggression against the northern half of Korea, during which they ruthlessly killed a great many innocent civilians and destroyed peaceful towns and villages, schools, hospitals and even temples. They are still committing murder, plunder and moves for aggression and war in south Korea. They are really the sworn enemy of the Korean people.
The speakers strongly denounced the U.S. for staging mad-cap RIMPAC-2006 joint military exercises targeted against the DPRK, trampling underfoot the earnest desire of all the Koreans for peace and reunification.
They called on all the Buddhists in the north and the south of Korea and abroad to unite in Dharma-minded concord in accordance with the idea of “By our nation itself” to resolutely foil the maneuvers of the U.S. and its followers to ignite a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula. They also urged them to actively turn out in a practical action to bring earlier peace and reunification to the country.
Written prayers for the reunification of the country were read out at the masses.
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