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'Pyongyang not the enemy': South Koreans fed up with military service

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Almost all able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfill sentry duties, often in remote locations along the heavily militarized border.

This picture taken on January 14, 2019 shows South Korean soldiers (R) checking new military conscripts during an induction ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan. US President Donald Trump is due to meet the North's Kim Jong Un in Hanoi for a high-profile summit to make progress on denuclearisation of the peninsula, and a possible peace treaty. If that happens, the future of the South's controversial conscription system -- which forces recruits to serve for months in often remote locations along the militarised border -- will likely be up for debate.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea defector soldier is general's son – Japan newspaper

Nov 19, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Oh Chong-song's dramatic dash across the border at the Panmunjeom truce village in the DMZ – under fire from his comrades – made global headlines last year

(FILES) This file image of a screengrab made from video footage released by the United Nations Command on November 22, 2017 shows a North Korea defector running out from a vehicle at the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The North Korean soldier who defected to the South in a hail of bullets last year is a general's son but says most Northerners of his age have no loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to a Japanese newspaper on November 19, 2018. HANDOUT / UNITED NATIONS COMMAND / AFP

Two Koreas agree to remove some border guard posts

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The two sides agree to withdraw all troops and weaponry from the 11 guard posts along the border and destroy them by the end of November, according to a joint statement released by Seoul's military

PANMUNJEOM. File photo shows a North Korean soldier (left) looking at the south side as a South Korean soldier stands guard during a press tour to the truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Koreas, U.N. Command agree to demilitarize part of border

Oct 22, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The two Koreas and the US-led United Nations Command agree 'to carry out measures to withdraw firearms and guard posts at the Joint Security Area (JSA) by October 25,' says Seoul's defense ministry statement

In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. In the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the two Koreas for decades, the two sides come face to face -- along with the contradictory narratives that will underlie a summit at the site on April 27. South Korean guards chosen for their height and looks, and sporting aviator sunglasses stand stern and unmoving outside the blue huts of the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, only metres from North Korean positions. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH SKorea-Nkorea-US-conflict-diplomacy, FOCUS by Sunghee Hwang and Sebastien Berger

Korean leaders vow to 'meet frequently in the future'

May 26, 2018 - 7:36 PM

(4th UPDATE) North and South Korea's leaders hold surprise talks on Saturday, May 26, to get a historic summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump back on track after a head-spinning series of twists and turns.

SECOND SUMMIT. This handout from the Blue House taken and released on May 26, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) shaking hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Photo handout by The Blue House/AFP

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump suggests Korean truce village for Kim Jong Un summit

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Peace House in Panmunjeom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, was where Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Friday for a historic summit

US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Trump arrived in the Vietnamese capital on November 11 after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit leaders meetings earlier in the day in Danang. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / LUONG THAI LINH

Trump welcomes 'historic' Korea summit

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:57 PM

The US president also hailed Chinese president Xi Jinping in his Tweet

HAPPY. File photo shows US President Donald Trump smiling during his recent State of the Union address.  Photo by Win McNamee/AFP PHOTO/POOL

WATCH: What will happen to the DMZ after the inter-Korea summit?

Apr 23, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Rappler visits the Korean Demilitarized Zone a week before the historic meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in

North and South Korea open hotline between leaders

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The line links the presidential Blue House in Seoul with the Pyongyang office of the nuclear-armed North's State Affairs Commission, which Kim Jong-un chairs

DIRECT CALL. A telephone hotline to North Korea is displayed at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on April 20, 2018. Yonhap/AFP

Kim Yo Jong: North Korea's political princess

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Kim Yo Jong made history as the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War

POWER. Kim Yo Jong (right), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sibling, talks with South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (not pictured) upon her arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on February 9, 2018, to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo / AFP

North Korean defector watching U.S. TV shows, K-Pop

Nov 22, 2017 - 5:38 PM

The 24-year-old North Korean solider, identified only by his surname, Oh, watches Hollywood hits like robot action flick 'Transformers' and forensic whodunnit 'CSI,' and can't get enough of K-Pop

Trump aborts surprise visit to Korean DMZ

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Trump's helicopter Marine One took off for the DMZ, but was forced to turn back due to bad weather

ON HOLD. US President Donald Trump waits next to helicopters as US Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea on November 8, 2017, waiting for bad weather to clear so they can try and make a second attempt to fly to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).  Jim Watson/AFP

Pence warns North Korea 'all options are on the table' in DMZ visit

Apr 17, 2017 - 10:03 AM

UPDATED Pence s trip to the flashpoint frontier underscores Washington s shifting policy towards the isolated state after years of nuclear and missile tests carried out in defiance of the international community

AT THE DMZ. In this photo posted on Twitter, US Vice President Mike Pence at a lookout from the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone during his visit to Panmunjom, South Korea, April 17, 2017. Photo courtesy @VP/Twitter

South Korea holds navy drill near disputed border with North

Jun 16, 2016 - 12:22 PM

The 3 day exercise in the Yellow Sea is aimed at practicing responses to simulated incursions by North Korean vessels and aircraft

South Korea fires warning shots at North border patrol

Nov 10, 2014 - 4:06 PM

This is the latest in a series of minor skirmishes involving exchanges of fire but no casualties along the inter Korean land and sea borders in recent months

Xbox Kinect sensor guards Korean border

Feb 06, 2014 - 2:46 PM

The special Kinect software differentiates between humans and animals allowing for better detection of border breachers

THE KINECT REPLACEMENT? Microsoft's Kinect Sensor and some special software is helping South Korea patrol the border of Korea's demilitarized zone. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP