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This year marks 68 years since the start of the Korean War
This year marks 68 years since the start of the Korean War. On June 25, 1950, Communist North Korean troops launched a surprise attack into South Korea. UN forces led by the United States battled Communist Chinese and Soviet-backed North Korea for 3 long years in a massive military confrontation that came to an end following an armistice truce on July 27, 1953. Estimates say the war claimed between 3-5 million lives, making it one of the deadliest in modern history. Around 170,000 U.N. coalition troops and 217,000 South Korean troops were killed or went missing. Casualties on the Communist side were also high, with 406,000 North Korea and 600,000 Chinese lives lost, possibly more. At least 1.6 million North and South Korean civilians were also killed. Recently, the two Koreas started discussing a peace deal that could finally end the state of war that technically still exists on the Korean peninsula. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently pledged to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” at a historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.