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N. Korea lays land mines near border to prevent defections: Yonhap

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20:43 23 August 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 23, Kyodo

North Korea’s army has in recent months laid thousands of land mines along the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas, including in the truce village of Panmunjeom, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday, citing government and military sources.

More than 4,000 antipersonnel mines have been laid by the Korean People’s Army since April in the 4-kilometer-wide DMZ, including on the northern side of the “Bridge of No Return” in Panmunjeom, apparently to prevent its frontline soldiers from defecting, the report said.

It said the sighting of the mine-laying activity at the small bridge last week marks the first time North Korea has actually been seen doing so in Panmunjeom since the signing of the Armistice Agreement that halted the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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