Hi! My name is Ulrik, and this is my student blog. My posts will be based on tasks and subjects given to the class by my English teacher Ann. I am currently in my third year at Sandvika High School, Norway.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Korean conflict
These days, USA and South Korea has a big scale military exercise. North Korea is as usual not very happy with this, and threats with full scale war. This is not the first time North Korea does this. Two years ago they fired missiles at South Korea, and their relationship is not exactly getting better. With concentration camps, and the most guarded border in the world, North Korea is the worlds most dangerous dictatorship. A war would be devastating for both sides.
The Korean War 1950-53(The too short and easy version)
At the Potsdam conference in 1945, the allied forces of world war 2, decided to split Korea(partially occupied by Japan) into two parts. North Korea was communists and south was anti communists, supported heavily by the US. In 1950 a full war began, and the UN decided to support South Korea. US troops would represent almost 90% of the UN troops. North Korea was able to push heavily into the south, but was repelled. The war soon became stagnant, and except for heavy casualties on both sides, it didn't look like it would be won by anyone. Three years later not much had happened, except for five million dead civilians and soldiers. Both sides signed a truce, which is still active.
The modern conflict 1953-
Today the war is still going on, but there is a truce. The borders are still the same, and it is the most heavily guarded border in the world. This is what the whole modern conflict is about. US still have thousands of soldiers in South Korea, and if the truce is broken, both sides has nuclear weapons and are able to use them. Let us hope that's not going to happened.