Crossing the Line

We spent about three minutes in North Korea. This is the Joint Security Area, where political negotiators have met to discuss reunification. Sadly, it hasn't been used for much besides tour groups for a long while. The room is built directly over the border between the North and South, so when you walk pass the negotiating table you are in North Korea. The Republic of Korea guards all have black belts in taekwondo and stand in a position known as "ROK ready," pronounced rock ready. All military personnel are required to wear identification armbands, though you can recognize the ROK guards by the sunglasses they refer to as "hater shades."

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