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The position of Korea is another cause for the involvement of the United States in the Korean War. Korea is surrounded by very powerful states as its neighbors. These states include; China, Japan and Russia. Following her neighborhood, Korea has had to constantly fight for her independence and this has made Korea acquire her fame of belligerency4. Therefore, Korea experienced fights from all round. The United States began involving her military to the Korean War, when Korea first blocked and attacked the ships of the merchants of the United States. The merchants were on their way to create diplomatic relations and commercial relations with the Hermit Kingdom, when Korea attacked them when the ships were passing through the Peninsula.

The United States posed some attacks in the capital of Korea that led to China to take over Korea and as a result opened the way for many countries inclusive of the United States. Korea was later taken by Tokyo in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 and thus it became part of the empire of Japan. The United States also joined the Korean War because they were directly confronted by the Soviet Union in Asia and thus there was a need for the United States to keep both the Soviet Union and the Communist countries free.

A trusteeship over Peninsula was shared between the United States and the Soviet Union after Japan was defeated. This led to the division of the parallel between the two states where the Soviet Union took half of the 38th parallel in the North while the United States, led by John R. Hodge, the general of the U. S army, took the South and the boundary created by the 38th parallel became permanent yet initially it was temporary.

The south undertook elections and Syngman Rhee became the president of the Republic of Korea while Moscow in the North first refused the idea of elections, but later he elected Kim II Sung as the president of the Democratic Peoples Republic. There are many consequences of the United Nations involvement into the Korean War. One of the consequences is that the Vietnam War was a replicate of the Korean War.

Vietnam War composed of the North versus the South and the also among the Democrats and the Communists. The major role that the Korean War played was legitimating the United Nations. In addition, it also sets ways for the peace keeping of the United Nations to some parts of the world including the Middle East. The War in Korea also continued and strengthened the mission of the War, which was to fight and stop communism among other reasons.

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