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Korean War armistice and today's world

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By Arthur I. Cyr

The outbreak of the Korean War on June 25, 1950 is referred to publicly with some regularity, but the same is not the case for the end of that brutal war three years later. On July 27, 1953, the combatants finally signed an agreed upon armistice.

Signatories included communist China and North Korea, the aggressors in the war, and the United Nations, which defended South Korea. The South Korean government never signed the armistice. President Syngman Rhee was outraged that not all of Korea had been liberated before the ceasefire agreement.

Repatriation of prisoners from both sides began in August and continued until the end of the year. Earlier, there had been a limited exchange of sick and wounded prisoners during April and May, an indication of an emerging desire finally to end the war.

The significance of the war and the tense ambiguous peace that followed, and remains in place, were profound. The divided Korean Peninsula........

© The Korea Times