The line between North and South Korea is one of the most nerve-wracking borders on Earth. Although the Korean War is technically over for the U.S., the North and South are still very much at war — maintaining guard towers and thousands of troops facing each other, waiting for the next invasion.
The buffer zone created by the 1953 Armistice between North and South is called the de-militarized zone (DMZ), although there’s a huge military presence. The border, 250 km long, is filled with fencing, mines, and troops on both sides with itchy trigger fingers.
This relic of the Cold War has seen plenty of very hot engagements: Over 300 American and South Korean, and almost 400 North Korean soldiers were killed in firefights in 1969, and there are numerous instances of infiltrators from the North being scared back only by the sound of warning shots. Some people still accept former President Bill Clinton’s assessment of the DMZ: it is, he said, “the scariest place on earth.”
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The border area between North and South Korea may be the tensest place on earth by Paul Szoldra – March 2nd, 2013 – Business Insider
World’ barriers: North / South Korea – November 5th, 2009 – BBC News