The “Korean conflict” was based on the major divisions amongst the Republic of Korea in the South, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the North. Both of these States claimed that they were the Government of the entire headland. In the times of the cold war, South Korea was backed by the United States and its allies, while on the other hand North Korea was backed by China, the Soviet Union among other socialist Nations. This division of Korea took place immediately at the culmination of the Second World War in the year 1945, and these tensions erupted into the Korean War in the 1950s (Gomàà 870). By the time the war came to its end, Korea was devastated, but unfortunately, the division still remained. The South and the North parts of Korea still had military impasses with intermittent clangs. This paper shall, therefore, discuss, the “Korean Conflict.”
The main source of the conflict was that; Korea was a region of crucial strategic interest to the Russian Empire previously, and subsequently to the Soviet Union at the end of the 19th century. The main intentions of the Soviet during the World War II was to dominate Korea. Stalin had maximum control over the northern segment, and at a minimum, he was able to create large influence within Korea through the strong Socialist Party (Kim n.p). During that time Korea was more vulnerable, and it appeared as a minor issue at wartime, when it was initially yielded to Soviet Control. Hence, the final decision to divide Korea into two sectors: American and Soviet sectors of occupation was undertaken in a hit-or-miss manner. This is because there was lack of trusteeship agreement, and unable to acreage in Korea as result of the abruptness of the Japanese retreat.
The Soviet and American positions in Korea became unclear, and this was because they were anxious with the swift movements of the events within the Middle East, most specifically, Europe. Both the Soviet Union and the United States resided in Korea, with none of them willing to withdraw and this was due to fear that others might not withdraw. Order was restored once the superpowers settled on despots (Seth n.p). The Soviets came into Korea more prepared as compared to the United States that is; they administered the strongly nationalistic land. As the war continued, the close relationship with the indigenous Korean Communist and in all their operation they respected the native Korean practices, and they borne with the existing regime.
In conclusion, therefore through the understanding of the Korean divisions helps to illustrate North Korea’s post-war developments, the characteristics of the intractable conflicts. Consequently, the role of the Soviets in the Korean conflict is examined in more details. It ascertains that the part of the Soviets was more ambiguous, and nuanced than perceived at the moment Gomàà 870). The governance of the Soviets exemplified the strong and pragmatist thinking on issues of national interest. It also approved the conflict, and in the long-run, it encouraged prolonged wars during the intermediation stage. Correspondingly, the Soviet attempted to look for the various methods which could stop the war, especially when it became a burden for the post-Stalinist external dogma. Lastly, after the demise of Stalin, the remaining Soviet leaders decided that developing their relations with the West nations was of more importance, rather than proceeding with the Korean Conflict.
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