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History of the Koreas

POSTED: 12:37 PM PDT Mar 11, 2013    UPDATED: 08:05 AM PST Feb 20, 2014 

One hundred North Koreans were reunited with their South Korean relatives Thursday after being separated for half a century due to tensions between North and South Korean governments. Take a look at the history of the two Koreas.

Korea history 4 - Korean War
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Chinese Military Science Academy

After several cross-border skirmishes, the North Korean military invaded South Korea in 1950, the first military action of the cold war. Fearing the spread of communism and the possibility of World War III, the U.S. came to South Korea’s defense. As South Korea and the U.S. eventually pushed into North Korea and neared the border with China, the Chinese government, fearing a military campaign in its territory, sent troops to help the North Koreans.

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