Key Events and Dates in North Korea History--From Founding of Country Up To Today

Conclusions on North Korean History
North korea's golbal prominence seem to be dwarfed when compared to its southern counterpart. Nonethelss, with the stability with the region at stake, the Democratic Peoples Republic also looms as a important factor in regional and global affairs. The armed forces total 800,000 and one million full-time personnel. Th significance of this statistic is that it numbers 4% of the entire North Korean population. During the Cold War, CIA worldfact Book Writes that the DPRK was able to preserve a "considerable measure of policy independence" from the two major communist powers and rivals China and the former USSR, by playing one side against the other. This was a major feat considering the close proximity of three nations and with the DPRK still be realatively free of "satellite" status that characterized the Soviet's Eastern European bloc. By 1990, North Korea was recognized by 103 nation. However, the country as an aggressor due to several incidents that included the attempted assassination of President Park Chung Hee in 1968 and with President Chun Doo Hwan in a diplomatic visit to Burma. The concern I have with Korea foreign relation is the future. With the US and USSR or RUSSIA global chess game a thing of the past, I see a unified Korea just waiting to happen. However, it will happen is yet to be seen. Wil it be a peaceful unification like when communist East Germany was incorporated to its western counterpart, or will it be marred by military conflict and exhaustion such as when U.S. backed South Vietnam fell to the communist North? Whatever it takes place, Korean relations will directly affect three major world powers: the potential and military superpower China, the surviving cold war superpower the United States and economic superpower Japan.

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