Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pillage of Korean Cultural Assets by US Imperialists-KCNA

Pillage of Korean Cultural Assets by US Imperialists

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- More than 130 pieces of historic relics that belong to the Ri Dynasty were put up at an auction in Michigan, United States, some time ago.

The relics, including art works, furniture and ornaments, are what the U.S. imperialists took away from the Deogsu Royal Palace in Seoul during the past Korean War.

The articles for sale at auction were just a small part of their loot.

A large number of Korean cultural assets such as Koryo celadon, metal craftworks and furniture are on display at museums and art galleries in Washington, New York and many other cities of the Unites States.

According to data available, the U.S. imperialists destroyed or took away tens of thousands of cultural assets, with some 6,700 pieces of priceless historic relics included, from history museums of Korea during their temporary occupation of the northern part of Korea.

They despoiled the Korean Central History Museum of several thousand pieces of cultural assets, the Myohyangsan History Museum of Buddhist relics, including several hundred Buddhist images, and craftworks and the Haeju History Museum of more than a hundred pieces of relics.

They also robbed Yongmyong Temple on Moran Hill, Songbul Temple on Mt. Jongbang and other Buddhist temples of many historic relics, including gold statues of Buddha and Buddhist images.

Besides, they pillaged several hundred ancient tombs in the area of Jongbaek-dong, Rangnang District, Pyongyang, of thousands of relics and ransacked even houses of their heirlooms.

The U.S. imperialists destroyed, seized and burnt up many cultural assets in the southern part of Korea, too. The historic relics they snatched from the History Museum of the Kyongbok Palace and the Art Gallery of the Deogsu Palace in Seoul total more than 7,200.

The United States is obliged to send all the loot back to Korea without condition and apologize and compensate to the Korean people for the enormous spiritual, cultural and material damages and losses it inflicted upon them.