Mr. Hellems/Mr. Chaput
13 March 2013
The Relationship between North and South Korea
“An almost tribal desire for reunification now permeates South Korean society, a legacy of the 13 centuries, ending in 1945, that Korea enjoyed as a unified political entity” (Olk 5). Before the 20th century, the Korean peninsula was an independent, unified country for 200 years (Olk 5). In 1910 Korea became a colony of the Japanese empire (Olk 6). “The era of Japanese colonialism in Korea (1910-1945) the country was split apart due to communist expansion in Korea. Due to the separation of the two Koreas, family members have been unable to see their loved ones since 1953. South Korea has been working to unify their country since 1953. The war in korea ended in 1953 after the armistice agreement was signed. Korea was divided at the 38th parallel; it forced Korea into two parts, the north and the south. Today, tensions continue as the unpredictable ruler Kim Sung Un, threatens war between South Korea
Relations between the two sides were never good, with both the United States and the Soviet Union installing leaders generally welcoming toward their respective ideologies, leaders who grew increasingly negative toward the other. Even though history shows us that the war officially broke out on 25 June 1950, border clashes had been going on since 1949. Other confrontations in the southern half of the peninsula, which included peasant rebellions and guerrilla warfare, demonstrated opposition first to U.S. occupation of the country and later to the conservative rule of Syngman Rhee. To the north, the Communist regime apparently enjoyed better success in repressing opposition forces. The Korean War lasted until 1953, with The Republic of Korea being rescued by a U.S.-directed United Nations force and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by the communist regime in mainland China. Mark E. Caprio. “After over two years of fighting, an...