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NORTH KOREA. Geography presentation Coxwell. North Korean Flag. Where in the World?. Korean Peninsula juts out from Northern China. Between Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea. History of Korean Peninsula. From 100s B.C. until early A.D. 300s neighboring China ruled Korea.
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NORTH KOREA Geography presentation Coxwell
Where in the World? • Korean Peninsula juts out from Northern China. • Between Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea.
History of Korean Peninsula • From 100s B.C. until early A.D. 300s neighboring China ruled Korea. • From A.D. 668 to 935, a single kingdom (Silla) united peninsula. • 1910 Japan conquered Korea and made it part of its empire. Governed until the end of World War II.
After World War II.. • Troops from Communist Soviet Union took over the northern half of Korea. • American Troops occupied Southern Korea. (Remember when we talked about the Cold War.) • Korean Peninsula was divided at the 38th parallel.
Don’t you know this means war!!! • In 1950 the armies of North Korea Attacked South Korea. (wanted to unite whole peninsula under communism) • United States led support for South Korea. China sent troops to help North Korea. In 1953 Korean conflict ended. Without a peace treaty or a victory.
1960s until now • In 1960’s two separate countries existed. • After years of bitterness, the 2 Koreas developed closer relations in the 1990s. • In year 2000, the leaders of North Korea and South Korea held a meeting for the first time since the division.
Kim Jong Il • Succeeded his father in 1994. • North Koreans address him as “Dear Leader.” • Lived life of luxury. Not much is known about his personal life.
UPDATE • Kim Jong Il died Dec. 18th 2011. • Most Reports state from a Heart Attack. • New leader is his son Kim Jong un.
Facts about North Korea • The capital and largest city of North Korea is PYONGYANG • There are 22.7 million people • 60% live urban areas (along coasts and river valleys) • Government places needs of communist system over the needs of citizens. • In 2002 North Korea stated that it would start making nuclear weapons.