North Korea Essay

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What became of the Soviet Union? Once, it was America’s greatest opponent in the arms and space race: the iconic communistic government. Nonetheless, in time, the Soviet Union crumbled but not without leaving behind a legacy. One of its main legacies was the creation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea. Named the Hermetic State, it stands as one of the few totalitarian countries today. However, the current regime in North Korea would not have come to life had there been no Soviet influence on that peninsula. If there was no USSR influence, Communism, anti-American sentiment and the eventual dictatorship would never have sprung up in Korea. Through their like-minded ideals, like a puppet master the Soviet Union manipulated …show more content…
WWII was winding down when Japan surrendered to the Allies on August 15, 1945, in Japan. It was a day of celebration, for Korea was free from Japan’s clutches as an imperial colony. The problem was, Korea had not had an independent government for hundreds of years. In response, America sent its own troops and politicians to work out the post-imperialist Korean government. A plan birthed in the Cairo Conference, which was held to decide on a plan of action for post-WWII Asia, was implemented by the Allies. Their “in due course” mandate stated that Korea would eventually be able to run itself as a sovereign nation. Because of that, the United States took over the southern portion of Korea, and they gave Soviet Russia the northern portion. This chunk of land was given to the Soviets not only as a way to spread the burden, but also to deter the Soviets from interfering with American projects in Japan. The Cold War was also nascent at this time, so this cooperation was also a show of good faith and teamwork between the two superpowers of the US and the USSR. Soviet Russia received many educated …show more content…
Problematically, the US and the Soviet Union both staked their claims in the political machinations in Korea, which lead to the creation of rival systems in the north and the south. The US and the Soviet Union sought to work together to create a consolidated government. However, their first attempt to construct a political system led to bids from over 400 different parties, many of whom had no substance or backing. Because of this, the USSR scrapped the idea of a unified peninsula and created a Marxist-Leninist system that would appeal to Koreans with its strong-leader image. Postwar political aspirants had never experienced the free and democratic system the US had brought to the people. However, the Soviets brought an authoritarian government that the people had experienced under Japanese rule, making the Soviet’s policies much easier to learn and implement. Consequently, many people backed this government, hoping to see their liberator bring an era of peace and equality under a benevolent communist

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