On Friday, a leader from North Korea crossed the Korean Demilitarized Zone for the first time ever to talk denuclearization and long-awaited peace. It was a truly historic moment, but it’s only the latest event in a complicated conflict that’s lasted nearly 70 years. Here’s everything you should know about the Korean War. The Road to the Korean War From 1910 to 1945, Korea was under the control of the Japanese empire after a long integration process that began with the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1876. Sfter the events of World War II, however, Japan’s imperial possessions were forfeited. The United States and the USSR had to decide what to do with Korea, and they eventually opted to split the peninsula Korea rested on along the 38th parallel. The Soviet Union would handle the north, and the United States would take of the south. But by the end of the 1940s, the the threat of communism was on the rise and the Cold War was in full swing. That, of course, brought tension to the newly formed Korean states that bordered each other. Syngman Rhee, an anti-communist dictator in the south, and Kim Il Sung, a communist dictator in the north—who… Read full this story
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