Kim Jong-Il Kim Jong-nam Kim Il-chol † Kim Yong-chun †
Lee Hoi-chang Cho Yung-kil Kim Jong-hwan Jeb Bush Al Gore
Nico Lorenz Junichiro Koizumi John Howard
2,300,000 100,000 10,000 7,500 2,000
Casualties and losses
820,000 wounded or captured
640,000 wounded or captured
Civilian casualties: ~1,500,000
The Second Korean War (in Korean: 통일 전쟁, "War of National Reunification") was a war fought between North Korea (with partial support from the People's Republic of China) and South Korea (with the support of the United States and partial support from the European Union, Japan, and the Oceanic Republic). The war began on May 15, 2004 with the escalation of a naval clash over the Five West Sea Islands.
Since the end of the First Korean War (1950-1953), the two Koreas had been firmly divided along the 38th parallel north, establishing a highly-militarized border. While the war had devastated both countries, neither renounced their claims to the other half of the peninsula, and continued to support themselves as the legitimate government.