Initially the US was reluctant to get involved in the Korean War, with the US military more concerned with stability in Europe rather than east Asia. The concern was that US involvement would trigger a Soviet response and escalate things into another world war. The North Koreans had moved into the south on 25th June 1950, but once the US received confirmation that the Soviet Union would not get involved, the United Nations mobilised a force to repel this invasion with 90% of it provided by the US. The UN forces were initially pushed back until a counter-offensive in September 1950 forced the North Koreans to retreat. This push continued up to the border with China, but in October 1950, Chinese forces entered the conflict and pushed the United Nations forces back to the south. After another two years of fighting, an armistice was eventually signed on July 27th 1953.
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