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The demonstrators burned the red, blue and white flag of North Korea and a big portrait of its leader, Kim Jong-il. Many carried small South Korean and American flags.
"Remember the Korean War, down with Kim Jong-il," read one placard at the demonstration, organized ahead of the June 25 anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean conflict. Half a century after the fighting stopped, the peninsula remains bitterly divided with no sign of a lasting peace.
A Reuters photographer said 40,000 demonstrators took part in the rally, while Seoul police put the crowd at 110,000. There were no reports of clashes or injuries.
"Dictator Kim Jong-il rejects multilateral talks and seeks a nuclear program," Park Chan-sung, head of a civic group to stop the communist North's nuclear ambitions, told Reuters.
"We are here to urge the international community and the United Nations to impose strong economic sanctions on North Korea to force it to drop the nuclear plan."
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