Why North Korea and South Korea hate each other? The Korean war, explained.
To understand their current relation, we have to go back to 1945. In 1945 when Korea was occupied: the north by the Soviets and the south by the US.
WHY? THE COLD WAR.
Reminder. The U.S, a capitalists power, and the Soviet Union, a communist power, each wanted to impose their ideology in the rest of the world. So they reached an agreement.
In 1948 Korea was divided under an agreement in which…
- North Korea would be ruled by a communist leader.
- South Korea by a capitalist leader.
THE WAR BEGINS.
In 1950, North Korea occupied South Korea to gain more territory. Then, the US and the United Nations, both helped South Korea to recapture their territory, but went beyond invading also North Korea.
China was friends with North Korea and helped North Korea to kick out UN troops from their territory.
In 1953 and armistice (a truce) is signed, removing all troops from the border and accepting the initial division of 1948.
Although there hasn’t been a fight since 1953, a peace treaty was never signed. That’s why the US still has troops in South Korea.
On May 2020, North and South Korea exchanged gunfire in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which divides the two countries. There’s a “low possibility” that the shots fired by North Korea were intentional, according to the South Korean military. But at this stage it is unclear how they’ve made that assessment. a
On June 2020, North Korea shut off all lines of communication with South Korea. North Korea says that South Korea allowed activists to fly leaflets criticizing the North Korean government over the border. Reminder: it’s illegal for people in North Korea to consume information that is not approved by the state.
Why North Korea and South Korea hate each other