The Korean War was a brutal affair on all sides.
- Declassified U.S. National Archive military documents show that U.S. commanders repeatedly ordered their forces to kill Korean refugees on the battlefield
- Civilians believed to be enemy collaborators and/or inadequately supportive of their state were killed by state-directed executions in both North and South Korea
- Many civilian deaths occurred during combat operations (including bombings) by Chinese, South Korean, North Korean, and American forces
- Both North and South states sponsored inter-village reprisal killings by civilians
- American and ROK prisoners of war were killed by North Korean forces.
Source: Mass Atrocity Endings
Initially, the United Nations claimed only the North committed atrocities.
Eventually, it became evident that American and South Korean forces also committed such acts.