In 1950, fearing that the border clashes on the 38th parallel signalled an impending invasion by the Syngman Rhee regime in the South, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea appealed to the Soviet Union for urgent military support.
Pyongyang, 1950Only six months before the late Chairman Mao's followers had fled to the island of Formosa making Kim Il-sung's isolated regime in the North the only pocket of communism in Asia Pacific.
Thrilled by this outcome, the speeches from the Government in Seoul had become increasingly belligerent in tone.
The spectre of an imperialist plot to unify the peninsula, real or imagined, was enough to raise the tensions to boiling point. And now the two Koreas stood on the brink of war.