Korean War And Its Effects On Korea

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Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, is currently testing weapons of mass destruction and threatening to aim them at the United States. The Democratic Republic of Korea is a communist dictatorship with Kim Jong-un declaring himself the Supreme Leader. The Republic of Korea, otherwise known as South Korea, is a non-communist state with Moon Jae-in as its president. It is a democratic republic with three branches of government. North Korea and South Korea were once one nation under Japan. They are now bitter enemies and have no plan to reunify due to a long history of violence between the two states starting with the end of World War II. The Cold War caused the Korean War and negatively impacted Korea’s development because of the opposing…show more content…
After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union were no longer allies and both became world superpowers in their own right. Since the Joint Commission failed to establish a government to unify Korea, the country was split into North Korea and South Korea. Because of the United States and the Soviet Union not being able to build a government together, Korea was divided into North Korea and South Korea, permanently establishing their own governments. The attempt at unification failed, then each country (the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic) worked to politically influence the portion of Korea that they occupied. The Soviet Union pushed for the spread of communism and the United States pushed for a democratic and capitalistic society. The United States and the Soviet Union had many resources that allowed them to greatly influence the development of the part of Korea that they occupied. From 1948 to 1950 the Soviet Union greatly influenced communism in North Korea by supplying them with weapons and military supplies (Korean War). The weapons given to the North Koreans helped to advance them in national security. North Korea had a swift economic recovery with the outside assistance from the Soviet Union and China (Asia for Educators). This
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