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Great Battle of Korea Strait

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By Kwon Yule-jung

There were two very sad stories involving Korea in the last century: one was of the country's colonzation; and the other, the tragic fratricidal Korean War (1950-1953), just less than five years after independence had been gained.

The Korean Peninsula was divided into two along the 38th Parallel as soon as the harsh colonial rule of nearly 35 years ended. During the extreme turmoil following independence in 1945, the Korean Peninsula was actually governed by the two superpowers, the United States and the then Soviet Union, which stood respectively for the South and the North.

I had once read that the dividing line at the 38th parallel had been decided by an American army colonel in consultation with his Soviet counterpart in reference to a World Atlas published by National Geographic. They might have concluded that the peninsula could be roughly divided........

© The Korea Times