NKorea wants trillions in damages from US

2010-06-24 09:22

Cash-strapped North Korea demanded that the US pays almost $65

trillion in compensation for six decades of hostility.

The cost of the damage done by the US since the peninsula was

divided in 1945 is estimated at $64.96 trillion, the official news agency said

in a report on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the start of the 1950-53

Korean War.

The figure includes $26.1 trillion arising from US “atrocities”

which left more than five million North Koreans dead, wounded, kidnapped or

missing, KCNA said.

Six decades of US sanctions had caused a loss of $13.7 trillion by

2005 while property losses were estimated at $16.7 trillion, said the agency

which also listed a large number of smaller claims.

North Koreans have “the justifiable right” to receive the

compensation for their blood, it said.

The war started on June 25 1950, with a North Korean invasion

approved by the then-Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

The communist country insists that South Korea and its US ally

instigated the conflict, in which a US-led United Nations force fought for the

South and China backed the North.

The war left 1.23 million people dead and 2.46 million wounded in

the North, the news agency said, citing a state committee which assessed the

damage.

Independent casualty estimates vary greatly but most say that a

total of some two million civilians died in the North and the South along with

215 000 North Korean troops.

The fighting left the peninsula in ruins. The North suffered huge

damages from US bombing raids.

The agency said the committee’s calculation did not include the

damage North Korea had suffered from sanctions after its first nuclear test in

2006.



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