Korean Unification

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Imagine if the United States was divided into two separate countries, a communist nation and a democratic nation. Pretend you lived in the communist nation. There you would have no freedoms and rights. Your economy is also declining. You want to reunite with the democratic nation, but they don’t want you back. Your country has a bad reputation for nuclear weapons, violence, and discrimination against people who don’t believe in communism. This is what North and South Korea are going through right now. The North wants to reunite with the South because they are in an economic hole. Because of North Korea’s historic ties to China and South Korea’s ties to the United States, this very local conflict between two small nations has potential global interest and impact. I believe that North and South Korea can’t and won’t reunify under any circumstances because of the long, difficult history between the two nations.

The conflict between North and South Korea began in the 1950’s during the Korean War. The North (communist) wanted to reunite with the South (democratic) by force. The US had just pulled it forces out of South Korea and left them with a small military that wasn’t in fighting condition. While on the other hand, North Korea was heavily equipped and ready to take action. The North, backed by the USSR and the newly communist China, crossed the 38th parallel and invaded the democratic South. They easily took control of parts of the region, including the capital of the South, Seoul. Hearing this news, the United Nations sent troops into South Korea to defend them from the North. This took the North by surprise, and South Korea pushed back across the 38th parallel. A year later, the North and South were at a stale mate at the 38th parallel. They remained like that for two more years until they finally made an agreement. An armistice ended the Korean War and divided the North and South at the 38th parallel with a military buffer zone on either side. The two...
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