S Korea offers DPRK to jointly celebrate independence movement’s 100th anniversary

SEOUL (Xinhua) – South Korea has proposed to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to jointly celebrate the 100th anniversary of the March 1 independence movement against Japan’s colonial rule, local media reports said yesterday.

An unidentified official of Seoul’s Unification Ministry told local reporters that South Korea has been waiting for the DPRK’s response to its overtures.

The Korean Peninsula was colonised 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 of Japan, local historians said.

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