During the Korean War, the US military dropped more bombs on North Korea than it had dropped in the entire Pacific theater during World War II.
This carpet bombing, which included 32,000 tons of napalm, often deliberately targeted civilian as well as military targets, devastating the country far beyond what was necessary to win the war.
Whole cities were destroyed by the UN coalition, with many thousands of innocent civilians killed and many more left homeless and hungry.
Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the USA bombed “everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.”
The number of inhabitants of Pyongyang killed by bomb splinters, burnt alive and suffocated by smoke is incalculable.
Both governments of the two new Korean states claimed to be the sole legitimate government of all of Korea, and neither accepted the border as permanent.
The war in the air, however, was never a stalemate. North Korea was subject to a massive UN bombing campaign. Jet fighters confronted each other in air-to-air combat for the first time in history, and Soviet pilots covertly flew in defense of their allies.
Sott.net / ABC Flash Point WW II News 2019.