The Korean War, which took place from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, was a war between North Korea and South Korea. As neither side surrendered and no treaty was signed concluding the war, the two countries are technically still at war. When the conflict began, North and South Korea existed as provisional governments competing for control over the Korean Peninsula, after the division of Korea.
Other combatants on the side of the North Korean communists were the People's Republic of China, supported by Soviet combat advisors, military pilots, and weapons. South Korea, was supported by United Nations forces, principally from the United States, although many other nations also contributed personnel.
In South Korea, the war is often called "6·25" (that is, June 25), or more formally, Hanguk Jeonjaeng. In North Korea it is formally called the Fatherland Liberation War. In the United States, the conflict was termed the "Korean Conflict" — a police action under the aegis of the United Nations — rather than a war, largely in order to remove the necessity of a formal declaration of war. The war is sometimes referred to in the West as "The Forgotten War," primarily because it is a major conflict in the 20th century that is rarely referred to in everyday life.
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