North Korea is a very mysterious country. It has isolated itself from the rest of the world. Instead of working with other nations, North Korea uses nuclear weapons to show off its power. North Korea is often called an enemy of the United States, but many hope this will change soon. So, where does this conflict with North Korea come from?
The Korean War: A Primer
Before and during World War II, Korea was ruled by the Japanese. After World War II, the north of Korea wanted to go in a different direction than the south of the country. The north supported wanted to copy the Russian system of government, while the south followed the American way of life.
In 1948, two new nations were created: The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republican of Korea (South Korea).
On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, starting the Korean War. The war lasted until July 1953, with no side claiming victory. Today, Korea is still split into these two countries. South Korea became a rich and modern nation, but North Korea is poor and isolated.
Since it was founded, North Korea has been led by the Kim family. Right now, the leader is Kim Jong-un.
Life in the North
North Korea has not been friendly with many other countries, so it’s hard for outsiders to know what’s going on there. We do know that it has been very poor, and the people have suffered from starvation and lack of money. North Korea values it military very highly, and it tries to show this off inside and outside the country. It is not a democracy, and its leader is seen as a God.
Since the Korean War, the U.S. and North Korea haven’t gotten along. President Trump surprised people by trying to make friends with Kim Jong-un, so many people hope that the United States and North Korea can start to get along better in the future.