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18

Sep

laurajmoss:

I recently visited the border of South and North Korea and wrote about something positive that’s come out of the separation.

Wildlife thrives in ‘the most dangerous place on Earth’

Former President Bill Clinton called the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the 155-mile border between South and North Korea, “the most dangerous place on Earth.”

Created in 1953 during armistice negotiations, it’s the world’s most fortified military border, lined with soldiers, concertina wire and countless landmines. 

During a recent visit to the Joint Security Area — the only portion of the DMZ where South and North Korean soldiers stand face-to-face — I signed a declaration acknowledging that my visit would “entail entrance into a hostile area and the possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action.”

As a North Korean soldier snapped photos of my tour group, we were instructed not to point or gesture, and an American soldier informed us that North Korea could level the South Korean capital of Seoul in minutes.

Despite the truce, the two countries remain at war. 

But while the DMZ is one of the most dangerous places for humans, it’s one of the safest places for wildlife. READ MORE.

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