Thursday, 28 July 2011

Anniversary of Sinking of 'General Sherman' Observed

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- A seminar in the field of social sciences took place in Pyongyang on Thursday to mark the 145th anniversary of the sinking of the U.S. imperialist aggressor ship "General Sherman".

Present there were Thae Hyong Chol, president of the Academy of Social Sciences, officials concerned, researchers, teachers, journalists and editors in social sciences, education and media.

Prof. and Dr. Jo Hui Sung, director of an institute of the Academy of Social Sciences, proved at the seminar that the intrusion of "General Sherman" which was a curtain raiser to the aggression of Korea was the first armed invasion carried out by the U.S. reactionary government under its long-term premeditated preparations.

Dr. Kim Pyong Chol, head of a department of Kim Il Sung University, said that Koreans started an all-out attack in September 1866 under the command of ardent patriot Kim Ung U, sending the ship into the bottom of the Taedong River through a large-scale fire-attack. The sinking of the ship was the fruition of the patriotic self-sacrificing struggle waged by people of the Walled City of Pyongyang, he added.

The floor was also taken by Associate Professor Kim Tok Song, head of a department of Kim Hyong Jik University of Education, Hwang Yun Ju, teacher of Kim Chol Ju University of Education, Prof. and Candidate Academician and Dr. Ri Yong Hwan, researcher at the Academy of Social Sciences.

They referred to the facts that the U.S. imperialists, far from drawing a proper lesson from the incident of "General Sherman," got more frantic in their aggression of Korea as it was evidenced by their exhumation of Prince Nam Yon's Tomb and their large-scale armed invasion in 1871.

They noted that the U.S. imperialists' aggression which was kicked off with the intrusion of the ship is still going on and their forces' presence in south Korea is bringing unspeakable misfortune and sufferings to the Koreans.

If the U.S. imperialists ignite another war in Korea, the army and people of the DPRK will wipe them out with decisive and deadly retaliatory blows and achieve the historic cause of national reunification, they stressed. -0-

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