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Q: The Korean War ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: The Korean War
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: ilanacb-ga
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Posted: 07 May 2003 12:29 PDT
Expires: 06 Jun 2003 12:29 PDT
Question ID: 200751
Why did the USSR allow Truman to send U.S. troops to Korea in 1950,
during the Korean war.

Clarification of Question by ilanacb-ga on 07 May 2003 12:54 PDT
i just need a paragraph long answer
Subject: Re: The Korean War
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 07 May 2003 12:57 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello ilanacb-ga,

The technical reason why the USSR allowed Truman to send U.S. troops
to Korea in 1950 was that the Soviet representative on the Security
Counsel, Mr. Malik, was boycotting the U.N. over its refusal to
recognize communist China.  Therefore, he was absent when the decision
to send U.N. troops was taken.

"Military historian John S.D. Eisenhower on the Korean War" (June 19,

"Lashmar, Paul, 'Stalin's "Hot" War,' New Statesman & Society, vol. 9,
no. 388, Feburary 2, 1996"
Mount Holyoke College: International Relations Program

The behind-the-scenes reasons why Stalin did not get involved are
described on the second page I have cited.  Basically, Stalin did not
want to provoke the Americans at that time, allowed North Korea to
invade South Korea only when convinced that the conflict would be
quick and not involve the Americans, and made sure to keep Soviet
participation to a minimum when the Americans did get involved.

I hope that this information is helpful.

- justaskscott-ga

Search terms used on Google:

"security counsel" "korean war" soviet

[I tried several other searches as well, but this search resulted in
the pages I have cited.]

Clarification of Answer by justaskscott-ga on 07 May 2003 13:01 PDT
I didn't see your clarification until after I posted the answer.  In
any event, it seems that the answer meets your criterion of a
ilanacb-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Very good. Thank you much

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