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There have been many debates made as to who made the first initial attack in the Korean War in 1950 - 1953 This investigation outlines the views of North and South Korea as well as the political and militarily factors that influenced both sides into their biases and decisions This investigation will also outline the origins of the conflict and the intent of both sides All factors that influence both sides will then be analyzed particularly those of the South and how they contradict the views of the North In this essay I have used the sources Echoes of the Korean War History of Nations North Korea and The Korean War no victors no vanquished Summary of Evidence Korea had been colonized by Japan since the early twentieth century and after Japans defeat in World War 2 on August 15 19451 Korea was liberated from Japanese control As result after Korea liberation from Japan the United States and the Soviet Union occupied the area and set up two regimes separating the North from the South at the 38th parallel This division between the North and South was actually just an ideological division between communist Soviet Union and capitalist United States This was the basis and origin of the Korean War that would only separate the North and South even farther apart from each other Because Korea was ruled for so long but outside powers both sides wanted an independent reunified country void of outside influence However after their liberation from the Japanese regimes had already been forced upon them putting each side in its own bias and view of how the country should be reunified and under what regime The South led by Syngman Rhee supported by the United States and the North led by popular war hero Kim Il Song supported by the Soviet Union In 1949 the Soviet Union and United States withdrew their troops from Korea as
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