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By mid-1950 the Grand Alliance of Great Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union, that had defeated the Third Reich in 1945, had collapsed into two armed camps of East and West. As Soviet Russia feared the West, so the British and Americans feared the East. It appeared to the British that Joseph Stalin sought to supplement Communist dominance in Central and Eastern Europe with forays elsewhere in the world. The first news received in Britain of the invasion of South Korea came via the United States, the UN and the press. On 25 June 1950, His Majesty's Government (HMG) and the United States Government were agreed that the invasion of South Korea by North Korea should not go unpunished. The Security Council adopted a resolution recognising South Korea as 'a lawfully established government' and condemned the 'armed attack' from North Korea.

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Britain’s Korean War

Cold War diplomacy, strategy and security 1950–53


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