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The Korean Conflict, so-called because it never entailed an official declaration of war by the United States government, began in 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea. The Soviet Union and the United States divided Korea following World War II, and established governments favorable to their own particular economic, political, and diplomatic interests: the Soviet related Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the north, and the U.S. allied Republic of Korea in the south. The war was one illustration of the mounting tensions between Soviets and Americans during the Cold War. Many Americans accused the Soviet Union of establishing a “puppet regime” in North Korea, which meant that the North Koreans were supported by the Soviets and required to carry out their will as a communist nation.
A 1950 Herblock Cartoon, copyright the Herb Block Foundation