Korea And The Soviet Union

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For over a hundred years, Korea has always been invaded, influenced and fought over by its large neighbors, but Korea fought back as one united nation. It can be dated back to 1904, when Japan and Russia, the two large powers in East Asia at that time, fought for control of the country. Russia was defeated and Japan used its victory to annex Korea in 1910. Then, World War Two came about, dismantling the power of the Japanese Empire and Korea became a victim of the Cold War. Korea was divided into two spheres of influence, along the 38th parallel. While Japan surrendered, the United States and the Soviet Union swooped in to claim the Korean peninsula. The United States claimed the South of the divided land, while the Soviet Union claimed the North. Thus, leading to the creation of North Korea and South Korea. Today, North Korea’s large and powerful army is supported by China and Russia, while South Korea is backed up by the all-powerful armed forces of the United States. In 2014, South Korean President Park Geun-hye included the topic of Korean Unification in her speech that was held in Germany. Ever since her talk, it sparked the discussion of the subject, extensively on a larger scale. North Korea is looked at as a potential threat to the world because of its possession of nuclear weapons and their hostile activities towards the great powers of the world. Even though North Korea agreed to suspend all it’s nuclear related activities in 1994 in exchange for food and fuel from the U.S and China, in 2003, it backed out from the International Nonproliferation Treaty. This raised a cause for concern as it threatened the national security of South Korea and the United States (North Korea’s two biggest enemies), and the rest of the wor... ... middle of paper ... ... mind, the most reliable and peaceful way of creating a safer environment for the people of Korea and the rest of the world is through peaceful unification. If North Korea can be convinced to support this policy through agreement of a peace treaty and considered good representation of North Korean people in the united government, the overall benefits of undergoing this policy would be a large success. They will have stronger and better relations with the rest of the world as long as they do not cut ties with their allies, instead, develop stronger ties with the remaining allies and many other countries that could help their development. Although the reformation of Korea would take a reasonable amount of time and resources, with the help of the United States, China, Russia and the UN, Korea will grow to be a much stronger economy and can contribute more to world GDP.
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