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N. Korea closely monitoring Seoul’s DMZ demining, excavation work

N. Korea closely monitoring Seoul’s DMZ demining, excavation work

North Korea built a small observation post inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to closely monitor the demining and war remains excavation work under way south of the border, officers said Wednesday. Since April, the South Korean military has been carrying out the project to remove land mines and recover war remains on Arrowhead Ridge, a […]

Peaceful, vibrant South Korea marches to its own beat

Peaceful, vibrant South Korea marches to its own beat

Seoul: The eerie silence spoke louder than the years of the ominous standoff across the borders of the world’s last divided country, Korea. We were a small group of journalists walking in the barbed wire corridor in the Civilian Control Line alongside the Han River, escorted by army staff who were pleasantly friendly and surprisingly […]

S. Korea approves budget to build hiking trails in DMZ North Korea

S. Korea approves budget to build hiking trails in DMZ North Korea

South Korea on Wednesday approved a budget necessary to build hiking trails inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, a project to turn the Cold War relic into a symbol of peace. The unification ministry’s Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Council, composed of government and civilian experts, approved 4.4 billion won (US$3.9 million) to […]

Seoul plans marathon at DMZ in Olympics with Pyongyang

Seoul plans marathon at DMZ in Olympics with Pyongyang

Olympic runners and cyclists may be able to compete inside the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ), according to a working draft of Seoul’s bid to co-host the 2032 Olympics with Pyongyang. The Seoul Metropolitan Government says the DMZ ― a symbol of painful division and the ongoing military standoff between the two Koreas ― is […]

Touring DMZ with North Korean defector

Touring DMZ with North Korean defector

“I’m a dead man in my hometown,” a North Korean defector, who uses the alias Jeong Sang-soo to protect his identity, said during a Korea Times interview in the middle of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) tour. “I had to fake my own death so that my wife and children who are still in the […]

Germany launches educational project on DMZ, Berlin Wall

Germany launches educational project on DMZ, Berlin Wall

PAJU, Gyeonggi Province — Young South Koreans, according to recent surveys, have been less open than older generations to reunification of the Korean Peninsula. The situation is similar in Germany. Knowledge and interest in division and reunification of the country has been declining among the young who were born after the fall of the Berlin […]

Two Koreas begin clearing mines along DMZ

Two Koreas begin clearing mines along DMZ

The two Koreas began removing landmines buried along the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Monday, to fulfill a joint military agreement signed during the latest inter-Korean summit last month, the Ministry of National Defense said Monday.  The move is in line with their bilateral agreement to disarm the DMZ. Both sides […]

DMZ film festival in limelight as it coincides with summit

DMZ film festival in limelight as it coincides with summit

This year’s DMZ International Film Festival has been in the limelight due to its rare overlapping with the inter-Korean summit that began on Tuesday.  Opening last Thursday, the film festival has screened 142 documentaries from 39 countries. Some of the films were shot in or feature topics related to North Korea.  The week-long film fest […]

World peace forum Seven days in magic Korea

World peace forum Seven days in magic Korea

A total of 80 journalists from 60 countries have attended the Journalist Forum for World Peace (JFWP), held in Seoul, South Korea from 17- 23 of April 2016. The forum was hosted by the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK) under the theme, “Denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and the Role of Journalism for World Peace.” […]

Restoration of Peace and Unification of Korean Peninsula is inevitable

Restoration of Peace and Unification of Korean Peninsula is inevitable

Standing at the observatory atop a hill in demilitarized zone (DMZ) between South and North Korea, I gazed towards northern part of Korean peninsula, covered with thick mist making it invisible. I recalled the reports of recent nuclear tests by the North Korean regime that proves the old saying that ‘man, not weapons, makes the […]

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