How Far Apart The 2 Koreas Have Grown In 6 Decades.
These are a series of charts that illustrate how different the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is from the Republic of Korea; viz., North Korea and South Korea respectively. The Korean War took place from 25 June 1950 to 27 July 1953, and it resulted in the 38th parallel, a 2-mile wide demilitarized zone, demarcating the border between two nations. There was never a real end to the war, only an armistice, and North Korea pulled out of that in 2013. A little over 6 decades now, these two countries could not be more different in every way. The North’s belligerent nuclear ambitions and recent provocations have been hogging the news headlines. The Korean Peninsula is still the most volatile country versus country situation, given the continued acts of violence between the two. It is perhaps only the threat of widespread destruction that is the deterrent that keeps the conflict from boiling over. While China, the North’s closest ally, may have some leverage to prod her to the negotiating table, her paranoid leadership seems unwilling to respond? Nevertheless, it is unsettling with all the saber-rattling that is going on in northeast Asia. The U.S. and South Korean governments might want to keep the North at bay instead of overrunning the government completely. The hardest part of subduing North Korea would probably be unifying the Korean people and taking care of the North’s backward and likely starving populace. A 2013 RAND Corporation research paper estimated the cost of unification to be upwards of $2 trillion. This is not only to pay for the war, if it came to blows, but for relief food supplies for the population and restoration of all the infrastructure the Kim regime neglected over the past sixty-plus years.
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