The instability that still exists on the Korean peninsula can be traced to a woeful diplomatic neglect of it as an issue. No one even mentioned Korea during the 1945 conference at Potsdam among the new "Big Three"—(left to right) British Prime Minister Clement Atlee, U.S. President Harry S. Truman, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. Failure to address its disposition was a costly oversight.
How Korea's Web Got So Tangled
By Vice Admiral Jerry Miller, U.S. Navy (Retired)