From the archives: The two Koreas

The two Koreas’ black ops assassination teams; the North Korean who defected with a MiG jet; the involuntary park inside the demilitarised zone; and the single tree that set off an international stand-off.

경향신문사, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A North Korean black ops assassination team got within 100 metres of the South Korean president’s house; in response, South Korea put together their own black ops team to target the North Korean leader.

USAF [Public domain]

In 1953 a North Korean jet fighter pilot defected to South Korea – and he brought his jet with him.

The demilitarised zone between North and South Korea has become an accidental nature park.

War tree
Service Depicted: ArmyCamera Operator: SPC 4 LONG [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1976, North and South Korea (and the United States) almost went to war over a single tree.

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