Relations between North Korea and the USA got off to the worst possible start. In June 1950, less than two years after being officially founded, North Korea invaded South Korea. Within two weeks of the invasion, US and North Korean forces were engaged in the first of several battles that took place during the Korean War. The armistice of July 1953 put an end to direct military clashes between both countries. 1 However, the armistice did not bring an official halt to the war. Today, North Korea and the US remain technically at war, since no peace agreement has ever been signed.