Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Wednesday said South Korea wishes to express gratitude to the invaluable support provided by the United Nations during the Korean War (1950-53), adding Seoul will continue to take steps to protect the country from Pyongyang's relentless provocations.
"Due to the efforts made by the war veterans and its people, South Korea achieved miracle-like industrialization and democratization, making it stand strong today," Hwang said in a ceremony marking the signing of the Armistice Agreement, which ended the three-year bloodshed on the Korean Peninsula.
During the war, 21 countries lent support to South Korea, with 16 of them sending combat troops and the remaining providing medical units and logistical support. Tens of thousands of U.N. troops were killed in action.
"North Korea is continuing its reckless provocations, including the fourth nuclear tests and the launch of long-range missiles.
More recently, Pyongyang fired ballistic missiles, and threatened Seoul by saying the launch is part of a training drill to target the South's key facilities," Hwang said.