Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Who won the Korean War?

Who won the Korean War? After three years of fighting, there was no clear victor in the war between North Korea (and its Communist-backed allies) and South Korea (and its UN allies).

The armistice that was signed at Panmunjom on this date in 1953 brought an uneasy truce and a divided Korea, which still exists today. Because President Truman never asked Congress to officially declare war on North Korea, in America it was called a "police action."

Truce negotiations lasted some two years; by then, the presidential baton had been handed by Truman to Eisenhower, who approved the decision to draw the final battle line at the 38th parallel, marking the boundary between the two Koreas. Years later, on this date in 1995, the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, by US President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.

Quote: 'We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it." — Dwight D. Eisenhower

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