Many wars are recorded in the history of the world, but none had been so bloody and destructive as the Korean war in the 1950s.

Having occupied south Korea by force of arms, the United States stepped up preparations for a war against north Korea, which was following the road of independence, and at the dawn of June 25, 1950 started the aggressive war to make the whole of Korea its colony.

It hurled into the Korean front its huge forces as well as troops of 15 of its satellite countries, committing during the three-year war barbarities unprecedented in the human history of war.

It dropped an average of 18 bombs per square kilometre on the northern half of Korea, including about 428 000 on Pyongyang, a city 52km2 wide and with a population of 370 000, which meant more than one bomb per head of its population.

The carpet bombing destroyed all the urban and rural areas, factories, railways, schools, hospitals and cultural establishments in the northern half of Korea, and reduced it to ashes.

US troops killed 1 231 500 innocent people in the region, including women, children and the elderly, by resorting to the most cruel and brutal methods that surpassed by far those employed by Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

And in gross violation of international law, they committed such a crime against humanity as using weapons of mass destruction like germ and chemical weapons, and threatened that they would use atomic bombs, giving birth to many separated families.

When June 25, the day of the start of the war, comes round every year, the Korean people denounce the brutal atrocities the US committed during the war and its schemes to ignite another war in their country, vowing to take revenge on the enemy thousands of times.


1. US troops landing in Inchon The United States landed its troops in Inchon, Pusan and Mokpho between September and October 1945, thus occupying the region south of the 38 degrees North Latitude in Korea.

2. The US forces in south Korea

3. The south Korean puppet army organized by the United States

4. A US military advisor training the south Korean soldiers

5. The US and south Korean warmongers in discussion for “northward expedition”

6. Plan of war drawn for the invasion of the northern half of Korea

7. Dulles, special envoy of the US president, making a final review of the preparations for a war against the north

8. US officers evacuating their families to Japan just before the start of the war

9. The south Korean soldiers starting an aggressive war against the northern half of Korea on June 25, 1950 under the manipulation of the United States

10. US bombers bombing the northern half of Korea Over 50 900 buildings of factories and enterprises, 28 600 buildings of schools of various levels, 4 500 buildings of hospitals, clinics and other healthcare institutions and 2 077 200 houses were destroyed in the northern half of Korea by the indiscriminate bombing and bombardment by the US army.

11. Pyongyang under indiscriminate bombing

12. Streets in downtown Pyongyang devastated by bombing

13. Part of Wonsan destroyed by bombing

14. A rural village destroyed by bombing

15. The Suphung Power Station under heavy bombing

16. A factory destroyed by bombing

17. Historical remains destroyed by bombing

18. A hospital building destroyed by bombing

19. A church destroyed by bombing

20. A foreign embassy destroyed by bombing

21. Children who lost their parents by bombing

22. A residential area on fire after the US army’s attack with napalm bombs

23. Victims of napalm bombs

24. US soldiers herding POWs to the testing ground of poisonous substances

25. Victims of poisonous substances

26. Germ bombs and shells used by the US army

27. A US army prisoner describing the dropping of germ bombs

28. Scientists of an international investigation commission surveying an area attacked by germ bombs

29. Civilians leaving their home places, frightened by the US threat of atomic strike

30. US soldiers finding fun in killing innocent people

31. A photo and a writing found in the handbook of a US soldier who was dispatched to the Korean front The writing reads: I can’t sleep without killing people

32. Soldiers of the US 1st Cavalry Division killing innocent civilians en masse

33. Civilians and children killed en masse

34. Bodies of those killed in the air-raid shelter of the Sinchon County Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea During their occupation of Sinchon County from October 17 to December 7, 1950, the US soldiers killed 35 380 civilians, or a quarter of the county’s population.

35. Bodies of over 800 people killed in a shaft of the Ragyon Mine

36. A girl buried alive with her three-year-old brother on her back

37. Members of the Commission of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers investigating the genocide committed by the US soldiers in Sinchon

38. Report of an international investigation commission on the atrocities by the US army

39. The Korean people denouncing the brutal atrocities the US committed during the war and its schemes to ignite another war in their country, vowing to take revenge on the enemy thousands of times

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