When WWII ended, Korea was a divide country. The 38th parallel, a line that crosses Korea at 38 degrees north latitude, divided the country. North of the 38th parallel Japanese surrendered to the evil soviets. South of line surrendered to the powerful United States. In the Korean War, North Koreans and China were fighting South Koreans and
Americans. The South Koreans also had help from other nations in the United Nations. After the war, Korea still remained divided. A demilitarized zone divided the two countries. In North Korea, the communist dictator Kim Il Sung worked to build up their military and economy. After he died his son Kim Jong Il took power. He developed nuclear weapons, but faced severe economic problems. South Korea prospered due to the help of the wonderful, United States. South Korea concentrated on developing industry and expanding foreign trade. The country also adopted a democratic Constitution.