Korean War

The Korean War was a war fought in Korea between armies from North Korea[1] and from South Korea[2]. The war began at 4:30 AM on June 25, 1950. Fighting stopped July 27, 1953. More than two million Koreans died, most of them in the north.

Both sides blame each other for starting the war. The north, led by communist Kim Il-Sung, was helped mostly by People's Republic of China, and the USSR. There was medical support from Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Poland. Other support came from Mongolia and India. The south, led by nationalist Syngman Rhee, was helped by many countries in the United Nations, and especially by the United States.

The war ended on April 27th. The United States still keeps troops in South Korea, in case North Korea ever invades again. North and South Korea are divided by the Korean Demilitarized Zone that crosses the 38th parallel.

Origin and causes

In 1910, Japan put Korea under Japanese rule and was still ruling Korea when World War II ended. When Japan surrendered, the United States and the USSR agreed to split Korea into two temporary occupation zones with USSR occupying the North and USA occupying the South. This was, at first, to be for a short time.

At the Moscow Conference of the Council of Foreign Ministers in December 1945, the United States and USSR agreed on Korea having a provisional government (a temporary government set up quickly before a real government is ready). This became difficult because of the growing Cold War.[3]

The Cold War was an important cause in the Korean War. Relations between the two occupying powers were bad and when China became Communist in October 1949, the President of the USA, Harry Truman, was very worried that other countries around China may also become Communist, such as Japan. The American Army was about one twelfth the size of five years earlier[4] and Joseph Stalin had recently lost a Cold War dispute over the Berlin Blockade and subsequent airlift.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Korea-oorlog
Alemannisch: Koreakrieg
aragonés: Guerra de Coreya
asturianu: Guerra de Corea
azərbaycanca: Koreya müharibəsi
تۆرکجه: کوره ساواشی
Bân-lâm-gú: Hân Chiàn
беларуская: Вайна ў Карэі
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Карэйская вайна
български: Корейска война
bosanski: Korejski rat
brezhoneg: Brezel Korea
čeština: Korejská válka
Cymraeg: Rhyfel Corea
Deutsch: Koreakrieg
English: Korean War
español: Guerra de Corea
Esperanto: Korea milito
euskara: Koreako Gerra
فارسی: جنگ کره
Fiji Hindi: Korean War
føroyskt: Koreakríggið
français: Guerre de Corée
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Hòn Chan
한국어: 한국 전쟁
hrvatski: Korejski rat
Bahasa Indonesia: Perang Korea
íslenska: Kóreustríðið
italiano: Guerra di Corea
Basa Jawa: Perang Korea
ქართული: კორეის ომი
қазақша: Корей соғысы
Kiswahili: Vita ya Korea
Кыргызча: Корей согушу
latviešu: Korejas karš
Lëtzebuergesch: Koreakrich
lietuvių: Korėjos karas
македонски: Корејска војна
მარგალური: კორეაშ ლჷმა
Bahasa Melayu: Perang Korea
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Hàng Ciéng
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ကိုရီးယားစစ်ပွဲ
Nederlands: Koreaanse Oorlog
नेपाल भाषा: कोरिया
日本語: 朝鮮戦争
Nordfriisk: Koreakrich
norsk nynorsk: Koreakrigen
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Koreys urushi
Patois: Korian Waar
Plattdüütsch: Koreakrieg
português: Guerra da Coreia
Scots: Korean War
sicilianu: Guerra di Corea
slovenčina: Kórejská vojna
slovenščina: Korejska vojna
српски / srpski: Корејски рат
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Korejski rat
svenska: Koreakriget
татарча/tatarça: Корея сугышы
тоҷикӣ: Ҷанги Корея
Türkçe: Kore Savaşı
українська: Корейська війна
文言: 韓戰
Winaray: Gera Koreano
吴语: 韩国战争
粵語: 韓戰
žemaitėška: Kuoriejės vaina
中文: 朝鲜战争