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94,742.  Military spending nearly quadrupled shortly after, on the pretext that the invasion of South Korea was the first step in the Kremlin conquest of the world – despite the lack of compelling evidence, then or now, for Russian initiative in this phase of the complex struggle over the fate of Korea.  (South Korea & Korea & Cold War)  Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy

 

94,917.  In South Korea, about 100,000 people were killed in the late 1940s by security forces installed and directed by the United States.  ibid.

 

 

89,147.  In the late summer of 1983 a 747 flew high above the Pacific with almost three hundred people on board.  Korean Airlines Flight 007 was nearing the end of its journey from New York to Seoul.  But it had wandered of course hundreds of kilometres to the west into Soviet air space.  (South Korea & Aircraft)  Unsolved History: KAL007

 

 

89,148.  In South Korea, they believe that when you turn 60, you’ve become a baby again and the rest of your life should be totally about joy and happiness, and people should leave you alone, and I just think that that’s the height of intelligence.  Alice Walker

 

 

89,149.  In 1953, after the armistice ending the Korean War, South Korea lay in ruins.  President Eisenhower was eager to put an end to hostilities that had left his predecessor deeply unpopular, and the war ended in an uneasy stalemate.  Noah Feldman

 

 

89,150.  I spoke to a million in one service, in Korea, in Seoul.  And that was the largest audience I ever have had.  (South Korea & Audience)  Billy Graham

 

 

115,032.  I’m Annie Price and I’ve lived my whole life with burns’ scars … I’m in Seoul, South Korea - this is a city where 60% of people in their twenties have had plastic surgery.  (Surgery & South Korea & Plastic Surgery)  Plastic Surgery Capital of the World, BBC 2017

 

115,033.  People come here from all over the world to be operated on - and Koreans have had more procedures than anyone … The doctors here specialise in face surgery.  (Surgery & South Korea & Plastic Surgery)  ibid. 

 

 

115,838.  Korea: An ancient mountain kingdom.  A land divided by conflict.  But in the natural world there is another side to Korea.  In the south are pockets of untouched wilderness, rich habitats, with extraordinary creatures, and spectacular natural events.  A place where nature and mankind have lived in harmony for centuries.  This is Korea.  (South Korea & Korea)  South Korea: Earth’s Hidden Wilderness, BBC 2018

 

115,839.  In the central region are lush temperate forests.  Further south, these give way to fertile wetlands.  (South Korea & Korea)  ibid.  

 

 

121,600.  The demilitarised zone divides the Korean peninsula into North and South at the 38th Parallel.  The armies of both sides face each other along the border.  This stand off has continued since the end of the Korean War in 1953.  It’s a precarious balance of power that’s often been threatened.  (North Korea & Korea & South Korea)  The Kim Dynasty, 2018

 

121,601.  North Korea’s transformation into a nuclear power should come as no surprise: they’ve been working towards this goal for decades.  (North Korea & Korea & South Korea)  ibid.

 

121,602.  The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was proclaimed in 1948.  In June 1950 North Korea invaded the South.  (North Korea & Korea & South Korea)  ibid.

 

121,603.  The fighting dragged on for three years and killed an estimated 2.5 million.  (North Korea & Korea & South Korea)  ibid. 

 

 

131,510.  North Korea: a highly militarised state dominated by one family for half a century.  The product of a conflict reinforced by nuclear threat that still endures today.  It began with the Korean War fought between 1950 and 1953.  A war that left a deep ideological and physical division between North and South and reverberated across the world.  Nearly 70 years on, this unresolved conflict continues to pose a serious threat to America and her allies.  The Korean War was one of the bloodiest chapters in the country’s history.  A civil war that nearly ignited World War III.  It took the lives of tens of thousands of soldiers and millions of Koreans.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea & World War III)  Korea: The Never Ending War, BBC 2019

 

131,511.  The 38th Parallel was simply a line on a map.  It followed no physical features … ‘It was a 30-minute decision.’  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.

 

131,512.  The Japanese defeat in World War II ended their occupation of Korea, a history narrated by the brutal subjugation of the Korean people.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.

 

131,513.  He [Rhee] was elected president of South Korea in 1948.  To consolidate his authority, Rhee crushed political dissent killing thousands of communist guerrillas.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.

 

131,514.  Kim quickly solidified his power and amassed a formidable army.  By 1949 Kim had burnished his image as supreme leader, creating the myth of the fearsome guerrilla fighter who single-handedly defeated the Japanese.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.

 

131,515.  In May 1950 Kim travelled to China to meet Mao.  By the summer of 1950 Kim Il-sung was ready to invade the South, assuring Mao he would be greeted as a liberator, and take the peninsula in a matter of days.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.

 

131,516.  Atrocities were being committed on all sides.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.

 

131,517.  ‘All the high American officers had been heroes of World War II … These were people who were famous.’  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.

 

131,518.  July 1953 The Forgotten War: ‘Most of us when we came back really felt like we had not accomplished much.  The American people generally, most of ‘em, really didn’t even know where we’d been.’  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea & War)  ibid.  US soldier

 

131,519.  The war was far from over.  There was no official peace treaty.  Thousands of POWs awaited repatriation.  And continuing tensions forced President Eisenhower to commit thousands of troops along the border.  The world had lost interest in events in Korea, but the luxury of not forgetting the war was not possible for Koreans.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.

 

131,520.  July 8, 1994: A God Dies - But His Dream Lives On: Kim Il-sung died.  (Korea & North Korea & South Korea)  ibid.