The war ended on July 27, 1953 when an armistice agreement was signed in Panmujan at 10:00 am by Lieutenant General William Kelly Harrison Jr. (1865-1987) (United States Army, United Nations, Senior Delegate Command Delegation) and North Korean General Nam Il, (Korea People's Army, Senior Delegate, Delegation of the Korean People's Army and the Chinese People's Volunteers). About 12 hours later, the fighting ended. South Korean President Rhee refused to sign the armistice but agreed that for ninety days he would not disturb it, after which he claimed he would be free to start the war with a military invasion of the North. To contain Rhee, the United States acquired direct control over the ROK Army, which in turn contributed to the long-term United States occupation of Korea. A peace treaty has never been signed and the 38th parallel continues bristle with mines, artillery, and hundreds of troops from both sides.
After the war, martial arts began to flourish in Korea. With the increase in national pride came a desire to have a purely Korean martial art again. Thus began the development of Taekwondo.
During the Korean War, there was an event that may be called the "Turning Point" for Taekwondo since it marked the beginning of national recognition.
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