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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 5. May 24, 1951


On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army launched an attack on South Korea, "an act of aggression," According to the United Nations Commission on Korea, "initiated without warning and without provocation, in execution of a carefully prepared plan." Recently captured enemy (i.e., North Korean) orders of May 18 and June 6, 1950, fully corroborate this statement.

It has been editorially stated in "Salient" that the United Nations was justified "since the aggressor was clear, although the resolution was illegal." But was it illegal? Let us examine the position.

The United Nations military intervention in Korea is based on three resolutions of the Security Council, taken in the absence of the USSR because of its objection to the Chinese representative. At an emergency meeting of the Security Council at 2 p.m. on June 25, under the Presidency of M. Gopala Menon, of India, the following resolution was adopted: