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.

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The South Korean government under Rhee collapsed as a result of an anti-government movement in 1960. Park Chung-Hee was elected president in 1963 and ruled until his assassination in 1979. Chun Doo-hwan was elected president in 1980, but was ultimately ousted in 1987 during protests for democratic reforms in the country. Roh Tae-woo was democratically elected in 1988, the same year South Korea hosted the Seoul Olympics, and a string of democratically elected leaders followed.


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