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The Korean War 1950-1953 The Korean War was the first war in which the United Nations played a major role in It was also part of the cold war between the US and Soviet Union One of the deadliest war in history it took many lives in such a short span of time of three years Even after all these deaths the conflict isnt completely resolved in Korea There are still American troops stationed in South Korea in case the Communists decide to take aggressive action In WW II Japan had gained control in Korea At the end when Japan was defeated by the Allies the US and Soviet forces moved in Korea Korea was divided to serve as the purpose to move the Japanese troops out The line which was at the 38th parallel divided the country in about half The Soviet forces were responsible for the north and the US for the south part of Korea Later this partition was made permanent In 1947 the UN declared for elections to be held in all of Korea to decide one government for the country However North Korea refused to take part in the elections and didnt allow it So on May 10 1948 South Korea voted for a national assembly which set up the Republic of Korea On September 9 North Korea set up the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea North and South Korea claimed the whole country and their troops fought several times between 1948-1950 The US removed its troops from South Korea in 1949 It also said that Korea was outside of US defense line North Korea saw its chance for military action to take over South Korea In June 1950 North Korea surprised South Korea with an attack At the time the North Korean Army had 135000 soldiers most of them veterans of WW II It also had airplanes tanks and artillery that outnumbered South Korea
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