The 38th parallel was used as the pre-Korean War demarcation dividing North Korea and South Korea. In 1952, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower promised to bring the Korean War to a swift end if elected, and the present day boundary between North and South Korea was created in part due to Ike’s promises and the accompanying effects on American military strategy. Yet more than 60 years later, this boundary is still a source of national, regional and global tension. In fact, the DMZ or “Demilitarized Zone” in this part of the world is a true hair-trigger for war. Yet at the same time, it is also a positive step towards maintaining the peace.

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