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The Demilitarized Zone


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Separating North and South Korea is a buffer region, two kilometres on either side, known around the world as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The DMZ is the world's most heavily armed region as no peace treaty has ever been signed by the warring nations. Nearly one million North Korean troops, 650,000 South Korean troops and 37,000 US soldiers of the US Amry 2nd Infantry Division are stationed near the DMZ. Within the DMZ a small conference area known as the United Nations/North Korean Joint Security Area (JSA) or Panmunjeom Truce Village, straddles the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) or boundry between the two nations. Here the soldiers of the North Korean Peoples Army (KPA), the Chinese Volunteer Army (CVA), Republic of Korea (ROK) and the soldiers of the US 2nd Infantry Division face off day to day, often only meters apart. Even though the JSA is a place to maintain peace, it is a hostile and dangerous section of land as here soldiers of both nations stand so close together.

Civilians may only enter with US military or ROK military authorization or on official tours through the US Army.

To Intimidate
To Intimidate
North Korean Soldier
North Korean Soldier
North Korean Soldiers
North Korean Soldiers
ROK Soldiers
ROK Soldiers
ROK Guard
ROK Guard
Military Checkpoint Bravo
Military Checkpoint Bravo
On Duty
On Duty
Watching
Watching
Observing
Observing
Propaganda Village North Korea
Propaganda Village North Korea
Gi-Jong Dong North Korea
Gi-Jong Dong North Korea
Hard Labour
Hard Labour
Spy
Spy
Pan Mun Gak North Korea
Pan Mun Gak North Korea
Escort
Escort
Watch Tower
Watch Tower
Propaganda Sign
Propaganda Sign
Nature Within
Nature Within
Joint Security
Joint Security
Northern Panorama
Northern Panorama
Minefields
Minefields
Checkpoint
Checkpoint
Two Guards
Two Guards
Han River Wire
Han River Wire
Joint Security Battalion
Joint Security Battalion