The Real Causes and Disastrous Effects of the Korean War


  • There were many casualties on both sides.
  • The Korean War created more tension between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • The hostility between China and the United States lasted for decades. Families were split on both sides of the border.
  • The Korean War was a live example of the "falling domino" effect of communism.
  • South Korea became an important US military base with thousands of American troops stationed there.
  • A formal peace treaty was never written. The two Koreas have remained in a battle-ready state ever since the war.
  • North Korea has carried out a controversial nuclear test and several ballistic missile tests, keeping South Korea, Japan, USA (Hawaii), and China in their missile range.

Today, South Korea has become a major economic power, while North Korea is a poverty-stricken nation with military rule. On 4 October 2007, South Korean President, Roh Moo-hyun and the North Korean supreme leader, Kim Jong-Il, signed a peace agreement on issues of permanent peace, economic cooperation, diplomatic talks and renewal of road, air, and train services between the two countries. Most Koreans hope that one day the two nations will be reunited.

Source: The Real Causes and Disastrous Effects of the Korean War
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