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The Chinese Government were to be invited to a cease fire and to negotiate a settlement If they refused to negotiate the United Nations would be forced to continue fightingSchnabelThe enemy therefore must now be painfully aware that a decision of the United Nations to depart from its tolerant effort to contain the war to the area of Korea through expansion of our military operations to his coastal areas and interior bases would doom Red China to the risk of imminent military collapse MacArthurThe war in Korea was primarily focused on the threat of Communism spreading rapidly throughout the Korean Peninsula Soon after North Korea became Communist they attacked the Southern portion of the country The attack quickly escalated into the Korean War and the United Nations had to intervene The Peninsula was separated into two countries North and South Korea by the 38th parallel The 38th parallel was brought up before the armistice was signed The Japanese offered to split Korea with Russia due to lack of common views Also the United Nations discussed Korea in the Yalta Conference Although they wanted Korea to be a free and independent country However no formal agreement was ever achieved and the Korean War began shortly after In 1940 Japanese forces invaded the Korean Peninsula and took complete control but in 1945 the Japanese surrendered A temporary boundary went up although it was replaced in 1948 by a more permanent border However in 1950 after a series of raids and a lot of heavy gunfire North Korea invaded South Korea This caught the United Nations interest and they intervened against the will of the military commander in South Korea Douglas MacArthur MacArthur was for the war in China and hindered the peace initiative sent to the Koreas The United Nations questioned the United States standpoint The 38th parallel separates the peninsula almost perfectly in half and is slightly angled Although the boundary line is
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