Wars are easier to get into than out of. The combatants in Korea proved that by taking more than two years from the start of truce talks to the signing of an armistice. In the interim, they pounded each other with guns and bombs, maiming and killing while talking peace.
With an uneasy equilibrium on the battlefield, Secretary-General Trygve Lie told the United Nations on June 1 that a cease-fire along the 38th parallel would fulfill the main purposes of the war—that of repelling armed aggression.
A U.N. tank pauses to return harassing fire from Red soldiers in a hill to the right where a shell burst erupts.