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 Wednesday, 8 January, 2003, 13:27 GMT
In pictures: South Koreans show support for US
About 1,000 South Koreans have held a rally outside a US military base near Seoul to show support for the presence of US troops in the country.

It comes amid a wave of anti-US sentiment which flared up last year following the deaths of two Korean schoolgirls, run over by a US military vehicle.

Waving US and South Korean flags, South Korean citizens shout slogans during a pro-US rally to support US military presence in South Korea
The protesters insisted most South Koreans were in favour of the continued presence of US troops.

South Koreans carry pro-US placards along with US and South Korean flags during a rally outside the US air force base in Osan, south of Seoul, 8 January 2003
The rally was led by South Korean war veterans who waved pro-US placards outside Osan military base.

A South Korean marine veteran holds an US flag during an anti-North Korean and pro-US demonstration 8 January 2003 in front of Osan US air base
US troops are in South Korea as a deterrent against an attack from North Korea.

US and South Korean troops take part in a joint training exercise
There are 37,000 US troops in the country, under a mutual defence pact.

A banner is shadowed by a South Korean citizen group leader waving the flags of the US and South Korea
Recent protests have called for the pact to be changed.

South Korean military veterans burn a North Korean national flag during their rally to support US military presence in South Korea
Anti-American protests have subsided, as the spotlight turns to North Korea's nuclear programme.

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