What were the goals of the US during the Korean War?

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The primary goals of the United States during the Korean War fell sharply along the lines of President Truman's Containment Policy. This was the country's mission to prevent the further proliferation of Communism by the Soviet Union. As the Second World War was ending, the United States and the Soviet Union had agreed to divide Korea into two occupation zones along the 38th Parallel with the Soviet Union managing the northern half of the peninsula and the United States stationed in the South.

However, on June 25, 1950, North Korean forces invaded the South with the aid of the USSR. Shortly thereafter, Communist China also got involved. The United States, along with NATO forces, quickly went to war against the Communist forces in Korea with the goal of pushing them once again north of the 38th parallel and thus liberating the South.

In a greater sense, the United States wanted to send a clear and unambiguous message to the Soviet Union and its allies that its territorial expansions would...

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