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The Korean Divide North Korea and South Korea was once one country combined That changed soon after World War II Since the Soviet Union controlled North Korea it was mainly Communist North and South Korea were separated on the 38th parallel line The United States controlled South Korea so it was mainly democratic The Korean War began on June 25 1950 when troops from Communist-ruled North Korea invaded South Korea The Korean War was the first war in which a world organization the United Nations UN played a military role The UN thought that the invasion was a violation of international peace and demanded that the Communists withdraw from South Korea After North Korea kept fighting the UN asked its member nations to aid South Korea with military help Sixteen countries sent troops to South America and 41 other countries sent military equipment food and other supplies China fought on the side of North Korea and the USSR gave military equipment to the North Koreans North Korea invaded South Korea because there was a disagreement between the two countries The UN General Assembly told Korea to hold elections throughout the entire country The elections were to choose one government for the entire country The Soviet Union opposed this idea and would not permit elections in North Korea On May 10 1947 the people of South Korea elected a national assembly The assembly chose to set up the Republic of Korea On September 9 North Korean Communists established the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea When both North and South claimed the entire country their troops collided North Korea had about 135000 soldiers in their army Most of the soldiers fought for China or the Soviet Union in WWII North Korea had many advantages over the South Korean Army The North had airplanes artillery and tanks South Korea had about 95000 soldiers few planes or heavy guns and absolutely no tanks When the UN joined with
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