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How did North Korea Come into Existence?

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, was created in 1948 after the end of World War II in 1945. Just as Japanese occupation ended, Soviet forces rushed into the northern region of Korea and installed Kim Il-sung as the North’s leader. In 1950, the Korean War broke out, it lasted 3 years and caused over 1.2 million deaths. North Korea was allied with China and the Soviet Union, but after the 1980’s, when the Soviet Union collapsed, and China changed their policies, North Korea was left all alone. In 1994, Kim Il-sung died and left North Korea in the hands of his son, Kim Jong-il. Kim Jong-il is known as the most secretive of the Kim family, and to this day not much is known about him. Even so, historians/political leaders do have a knowledge of his death in December of 2011, and passed on North Korea to his third oldest son, Kim Jong-un, who rules the North to this very day.

When delving into Korea’s history, one must first understand the political standings of the world after World War II. When Japan surrendered, the country lost everything they had conquered during the war, including Korea. The U.S. and the Soviet Union, in an attempt to fix the broken country, split the north and south in two. The Soviet Union wanted to turn Korea Communist, whereas the U.S. wanted to turn Korea Capitalist. This caused friction between the divided country, ultimately ending up in the Korean War. The war started on June 25, 1950 and lasted 3 years. The war claimed over 1.2 million lives, and ended up in a stalemate. South Korea has since become a prosperous nation, and has a GDP of 1.411 trillion USD (United States Dollars). North Korea, on the other hand, only has a GDP of 12.38 billion USD. This is how North Korea Came into existence.

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