During WWII, two global super powers emerged including the United States and the Soviet Union. Both powers held strong beliefs on how a society should be run, thus prolonging the conflict between the capitalist and communist societies. The first step to understanding the divide lies in the 38th parallel; a horizontal line that split North and South Korea. The United States took hold of the South while the Soviet Union controlled the North. The president of the United States, Harry Truman saw the spread of communism to be a global threat and used his power to prevent the North Korean invasion. With the help of the United Nations, American forces managed to regain lost territory and reclaim the South Korean capital, Seoul. The war continued for two more years as negotiation talks dragged on. By 1953, Dwight Eisenhower was elected as the new president of the Unites States. Eisenhower vowed to end the war once in for all. A few months later, Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin passed away and the armistice was signed as truce was achieved. Today, the Korean Demilitarised Zone which was established in July 27, 1953 maintains the division between North and South Korea. The zone is deemed the most heavily guarded border in the world. #Biography #KoreanWar
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