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North Korea Claims $65 Trillion From US As War Compensation

North Korea has demanded $65 trillion as compensation from the United States for six decades of hostilities it is accused of perpetrating on the communist country.

The compensation amount was calculated on the basis of the number of North Korean civilian casualties during the 1950-53 Korean War and other losses related to the conflict.

This is the second similar demand made by the reclusive East Asian nation in three years.

Pyongyang's compensation claim was made in the official Korean Central News Agency report published Thursday on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.

The Korean War, in which U.S. troops battled on the side of South Korea, ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, hence North Korea technically remains at war with both sides.

The war claimed millions of civilians and soldiers on both sides of the Korean Peninsula. It is estimated that 36,000 U.S. troops were killed in the war triggered by a North Korean military surge across the 38th parallel.

Provoked by South Korea joining a U.S.-led initiative to search ships for nuclear weapons last year, the North Korean military announced that it was no longer bound by the 1953 truce.

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