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AUSTRALIA AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA: STILL ALLIES OR JUST GOOD FRIENDS?

Australia’s participation in the Korean War of 1950–53 had more to do with domestic factors and wider international considerations, than with any feelings of affinity with the Korean people. Circumstances have greatly changed since then, but some remnants of that military involvement still survive in the form of the United Nations Command (UNC) and the Sixteen Nations Declaration of 1953. While tensions between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remain high, the possibility of the UNC becoming involved in a fresh outbreak of hostilities will always remain.

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