On June 25th 1950, 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army crossed the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the pro-Western Republic of Korea. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. Three years later, in July 1953, the Korean War halted, but did not end. On 27th July 1953, a ceasefire between both parties was signed (but not a peace treaty), drew a new boundary near the 38th parallel, and created a 2-mile-wide “demilitarized zone” (also known as DMZ) that still exists today. In all, some 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war (History, 2009). After 65 years of armistice, both Koreas might be reuniting, finally ending the longest active conflict in the world today.
Last March, the former double-agent and spy Sergei Skripal, and his adult daughter, Yulia, were found unconscious on a park bench in the UK town of Salisbury. Both had been poisoned with a nerve agent known as Novichok, developed by USSR several decades ago. After an investigation, British officials accused Russia of planning and executing the death-threatening poisoning, which could have affected as many as a hundred thirty people to Novichok. In a statement to the House of Commons on March 12, Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “highly likely” that Russian officials organized the attack.