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The Korean War US Response The war between the Republic of South Korea and the Democratic Peoples Republic of North Korea swiftly developed into a limited international war involving United States and 19 other nations The Korean War is often known as the Forgotten War however for those who were involved know it will always be remembered The Korean War was one of the results of the cold war the political struggle between the Communist and non-Communist systems following World War II Summers xiii-xv The motives behind North Koreas decision to attack South Korea had much to do with internal Korean politics north and south of the 38th parallel as with the cold war It was said that North Korea apparently attacked South Korea without the knowledge of either the Soviet Union or the Peoples Republic of China The Soviet Union which expected a war at a later time was boycotting the UN when the attack occurred The Communist government of China meanwhile was hoping to invade the island of Taiwan without having to deal with a military response from the United States The President of South Korea Syngman Rhee persuaded the North Korean leader Kim Il Sung that he would be welcomed by many South Koreans as a liberator intent on overthrowing the Rhee government and reuniting the two Koreas As a champion of Korean unification Kim would also undermine ongoing opposition to his own rule in North Korea MacDonald 3-17 The war began on June 25 1950 Korean time when the North Korean army equipped by the Soviet Union crossed the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea The attack was so abrupt Rhees Republic of Korea ROK was unprepared so they were forced to leave Seoul The US immediately responded to Rhees cry for help by sending supplies to Korea this quickly expanded its commitment in the conflict On June 27 the UN Security Council held a meeting for all the nations with
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