Inside the DMZ

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Members of the United Nations Command Security Battalion stand guard at the Joint Security Area on May 28, 2014. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)
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Members of the United Nations Command Security Battalion stand guard at the Joint Security Area on May 28, 2014. (Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes)

Inside the DMZ

by: Armando R. Limon | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 03, 2014

PANMUNJOM, South Korea — The Korean Demilitarized Zone remains one of the world’s most heavily guarded borders.

For more than 40 years, the Joint Security Area at Panmunjon has remained the focal point for official communications between North and South Korea. The JSA sits at the point where the Korean War came to a close, with both sides forbidden to have military formations within 2 kilometers of the area.

Each country has one village inside the DMZ: Kijongdong in the north and Daeseongdong in the south.

For decades, South Korean authorities denied civilian access to the area, but now it has become a tourist attraction.

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