Korea has been divided since the end of World War II, split into Russian and American spheres of influence. The Korean War of the early 1950s only helped to cement the status quo. DW visited the border region and spoke to villagers there.
Pyongyang has said that the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula was now a matter of "when," rather than "if." North Korea's Foreign Ministry condemned drills by the South Korean and US militaries.
At a time when the United States is calling for more restrictions on fuel exports to North Korea, Russia may be attempting to avoid the total collapse of the regime in Pyongyang. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
The US and South Korea have begun their largest-ever combined aerial drills, days after the North fired its latest ICBM. Pyongyang has labelled the drills an "all-out provocation" and accused the US of "begging for war."
In a visit to the border area, South Korea's Song Young-moo told North Korea to stick to the terms of the 1953 ceasefire. But since the dramatic defection of a soldier from the North, psychological warfare is raging.
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