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Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 15:44
ROK offers DPRK to jointly mark independence movement centennial
By Xinhua
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 15:44 By Xinhua

SEOUL – The Republic of Korea (ROK) has offered the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to jointly celebrate the 100th anniversary of the March 1 independence movement against Japanese colonial rule, local media reported Tuesday.

An official of Seoul's unification ministry told local reporters that the ROK has been waiting for the DPRK's response to its overtures.

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The Korean Peninsula was colonized by Imperial Japan from 1910 to 1945. During the nationwide independence movement on March 1, 1919, about 7,500 Koreans were killed and some 50,000 arrested under the brutal crackdown by Japan, according to local historians.

ROK President Moon Jae-in and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un agreed during their third summit in Pyongyang in September last year to jointly commemorate the 100th anniversary of the independence movement.

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In the past, the two Koreas had separately held their events to mark the anniversary.

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