From the very day it was established as a Soviet Union dependency, North Korea has been at odds with its neighbours Kuala Lumpur: The frayed relationship between North Korea and the West has roots that trace back to the end of the Second World War, the defeat of Japan and the post-war peace and conditions imposed on the Korean peninsula by the winning Allied powers.
With Japan’s defeat and surrender in September, 1945, the Korean peninsula was divided between North and South along the 38th Parallel.
A similar arrangement was also put in place in Vietnam, with the North falling under Soviet control, the South under French control, given that it had a colonial presence there before 1939.
The subsequent polarisation between the former Second World War allies in a Cold War between East and West, meant the Soviet Union established an ardently Communist regime in Pyongyang, with the US promoting an open and liberal society in Seoul.
In the early hours of June 25, 1950, the North launched a ferocious artillery barrage on its southerly neighbour, followed by 230,000 North Korean and Red Army troops storming over the 38th Parallel.