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Overview 1The Korean War which started on the 25th of June 1950 has been described as the bloodiest war in history Starting of as a dispute over land between North Korea and South Korea it slowly expanded into a full blown war involving other countries such as the Soviet Union United States of America and China Although most of the fighting took place on Korean soil there were also battles taking place in the air as well as battles in other countries After 1346 days of fighting and bloodshed an armistice agreement between the two sides was signed However a permanent peace treaty has never been signed 2 Causes and Lead-up to the War The main cause of the Korean War started with the division of Korean land When they had been divided into two separate colonies the problems began to arise 21 Division of Land From 1910 to 1945 Korea was a Japanese colony When the Soviet Union and the United States defeated Japan in WW2 they divided the Korean Peninsula The United States made the decision that it would occupy the southern half of Korea The US government did so out of fear that the Soviet Union would take control of the entire Korea Peninsula America chose to divide Korea at the 38th parallel because it would keep the capital city Seoul in the American-occupied southern zone the Soviet Union agreed to the division 22 Building Organizations Both the Soviet Union and the United States proceeded with much help from Koreans to build organizations in their halves of Korea that supported their interests In 1947 the United Nations declared that elections would be held throughout Korea to choose one type of government for the whole country to live by The Soviet Union wouldnt permit elections
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