End of the Korean War

The Korean war was finally resolved in July 1953, when all sides decided to sign an armistice* to end the bloody conflict. The armistice was signed July 27th. It established a committee of representatives from neutral countries to decide the fate of the thousands of prisoners of war from both sides. Finally they decided that POWs could decide themselves whether to stay or go back to their own country. A new border between North and South Korea was also drawn.

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The Korean war was very controversial, mostly how the United States contributed. Many Americans say that we did not do enough and that the 50,000 soldiers lost were lost for no reason. In the U.S. presidential election of 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected and began his mission of “go to Korea”. Eisenhower hinted at the use of the United States’ nuclear arsenal in stopping the war. Now looking back, most recognize  that the action of using our nuclear weapons against China or Korea could have started WWIII.

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*Ar·mi·stice: an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time; a truce.

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