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An overview of the end of world war two and the role of korea

The Korean Emperor Gojong was removed. In the following decades, nationalist and radical groups emerged, mostly in exile, to struggle for independence.

Divergent in their outlooks and approaches, these groups failed to unite in one national movement. In the declaration after this conference, Korea was mentioned for the first time. The three powers declared that they were, "mindful of the enslavement of the people of Korea. Stalin did not disagree, but advocated that the period of trusteeship be short. On August 8, 1945, three months to the day after the end of hostilities in Europe, and two days after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan.

On August 10, 1945 two young officers — Dean Rusk and Charles Bonesteel — were assigned to define an American occupation zone. Working on extremely short notice and completely unprepared, they used a National Geographic map to decide on the 38th parallel.

They chose it because it divided the country approximately in half but would place the capital Seoul under American control. No experts on Korea were consulted.

The two men were unaware that forty years before, Japan and pre-revolutionary Russia had discussed sharing Korea along the same parallel. Rusk later said that had he known, he "almost surely" would have chosen a different line.

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The agreement was incorporated into General Order No. On September 6, 1945, a congress of representatives was convened in Seoul and founded the short-lived People's Republic of Korea.

Many Koreans demanded independence immediately; however, the Korean Communist Partywhich was closely aligned with the Soviet Communist party, supported the trusteeship.

The difference in policy between the occupying powers led to a polarization of politics, and a transfer of population between North and South. This was rejected by the US. United States Army Military Government in Korea Lyuh Woon-hyung giving a speech in the Committee for Preparation of Korean Independence in Seoul on August 16, 1945 With the American government fearing Soviet expansion, and the Japanese authorities in Korea warning of a power vacuum, the embarkation date of the US occupation force was brought forward three times.

Hodge was to administer Korean affairs, and Hodge landed in Incheon with his troops the next day. The Provisional Government of the Republic of Koreawhich had operated from China, sent a delegation with three interpreters to Hodge, but he refused to meet with them.

This uprising was quickly defeated, and failed to prevent scheduled October elections for the South Korean Interim Legislative Assembly. The ardent anti-communist Syngman Rheewho had been the first president of the Provisional Government and later worked as a pro-Korean lobbyist in the US, became the most prominent politician in the South. Rhee pressured the American government to abandon negotiations for a trusteeship and create an independent Republic of Korea in the south.

Over the course of the next few years, between 30,000 [26] and 100,000 people were killed. Colonel-General Terentii Shtykov set up the Soviet Civil Administrationtaking control of the committees and placing communists in key positions. In February 1946 a provisional government called the Provisional People's Committee was formed under Kim Il-sungwho had spent the last years of the war training with Soviet troops in Manchuria.

Conflicts and power struggles ensued at the top levels of government in Pyongyang as different aspirants maneuvered to gain positions of power in the new government. In March 1946 the provisional government instituted a sweeping land-reform program: Landlords were allowed to keep only the same amount of land as poor civilians who had once rented their land, thereby making for a far more equal distribution of land. The North Korean land reform was achieved in a less violent way than in China or in Vietnam.

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Official American sources stated: According to the U. The economic situation was nearly as difficult in the north as it was in the south, as the Japanese had concentrated agriculture in the south and heavy industry in the north. Soviet forces departed in 1948. The Soviet Union opposed UN involvement.

The Soviet Union boycotted the voting and did not consider the resolution to be binding, arguing that the UN could not guarantee fair elections. In the absence of Soviet co-operation, it was decided to hold UN-supervised elections in the south only.

Menonwho had argued against a separate election. General strikes in protest against the decision began in February 1948. South Korean troops were sent to repress the rebellion.

The southern politicians Kim Koo and Kim Kyu-sik attended the conference and boycotted the elections in the south, as did other politicians and parties.

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It took place amid widespread violence and intimidation, as well as a boycott by opponents of Syngman Rhee. The Australian government, which had a representative on the commission declared that it was "far from satisfied" with the election. In October 1948, the Yeosu—Suncheon Rebellion took place, in which some regiments rejected the suppression of the Jeju uprising and rebelled against the government. The majority of the Bodo League's members were innocent farmers and civilians who were forced into membership.

On December 24, 1949, South Korean Army massacred Mungyeong citizens who were suspected communist sympathizers or their family and affixed blame to communists. Korean War This division of Korea, after more than a millennium of being unified, was seen as controversial and temporary by both regimes.

From 1948 until the start of the civil war on June 25, 1950, the armed forces of each side engaged in a series of bloody conflicts along the border. In 1950, these conflicts escalated dramatically when North Korean forces invaded South Korea, triggering the Korean War.

As it occupied the south, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea attempted to unify Korea under its regime, initiating the nationalisation of industry, land reform, and the restoration of the People's Committees. As the North Korean forces were driven from the south, South Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel on 1 October, and American and other UN forces followed a week later. This was despite warnings from the People's Republic of China that it would intervene if American troops crossed the parallel.

In 1951, the front line stabilized near the 38th parallel, and both sides began to consider an armistice. Rhee, however, demanded the war continue until Korea was unified under his leadership.

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The two sides agreed to create a four-kilometer-wide buffer zone between the states, known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone DMZ. This new border, reflecting the territory held by each side at the end of the war, crossed the 38th parallel diagonally. Rhee refused to accept the armistice and continued to urge the reunification of the country by force.

Despite efforts by many of the nations involved, the conference ended without a declaration for a unified Korea. Poland and Czechoslovakia were the neutral nations chosen by North Korea, but North Korea expelled their observers after those countries embraced capitalism.

North and South have remained in a state of conflict, with the opposing regimes both claiming to be the legitimate government of the whole country. Sporadic negotiations have failed to produce lasting progress towards reunification. The Panmunjom Declaration signed by both leaders called for the end of longstanding military activities near the border and the reunification of Korea.