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Topic : North Korea building walls along border with South Korea
2024호 6면
 
TITLE : North Korea building walls along border with South Korea

North Korea building walls along border with South Korea

 

 

North Korean people work on a military fence near their guard post at the inter-Korean border in this picture taken from the observation deck near the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, June 4, 2024. (Photo: Reuters)

 


SEOUL – North Korea is constructing walls and digging roads on its side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) along the border with South Korea, Yonhap News reported on June 15.

 

The construction has been taking place recently inside parts of the 2km-wide area between the northernmost edge of the DMZ and the military demarcation line (MDL), which divides the peninsula, Yonhap said, citing an unidentified military source.

 

 

North Korea’s motive remains unclear, and Yonhap did not say how high or wide the walls were.

 

Earlier in June, South Korean troops fired warning shots after some North Korean soldiers carrying picks and shovels briefly trespassed the MDL, which might have to do with the construction, Yonhap said.

 

Relations between the two countries remain tense after North Korea recently floated trash-filled balloons into the South ,and Seoul retaliated by saying it would turn on loudspeakers that blare out propaganda in the area.

 

The two Koreas position hundreds of thousands of troops and the bulk of their firepower near the border.

 

 

Source:https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-building-walls-along-border-with-south-korea-media

 

Comprehension

What is North Korea reportedly constructing along the DMZ?
Why did South Korean troops fire warning shots recently?
What did North Korea recently do that increased tensions between the two countries?
How did South Korea retaliate against North Korea's actions?
How many troops and firepower do the two Koreas have positioned near the border?
What is the current state of relations between North and South Korea?

Discussion

Why do you think North Korea is constructing walls and roads along the DMZ? What could be their motivations?
How do you think the construction activities on the border might impact the already tense relations between North and South Korea?
What are the potential risks of the increased military presence and activities near the border?
Do you think the exchange of propaganda and threats between the two countries is an effective way to resolve their differences? Why or why not?
What role can the international community play in reducing tensions and promoting dialogue between North and South Korea?
What are the implications of the ongoing tensions for regional security and stability?
How might the actions of North Korea and the responses of South Korea and its allies impact the balance of power in the region?
Do you think a peaceful resolution to the conflict on the Korean Peninsula is possible? What would it take to achieve that?

Vocabulary

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)- A buffer area between two countries, typically established after a conflict, where military forces and activities are restricted.
Military Demarcation Line (MDL)- The line that divides the Korean peninsula and serves as the border between North and South Korea.
Trespass- To enter or go on (another's land or property) without permission or invitation.
Retaliate: To take action in return or response to an action.
Propaganda- Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.
Firepower - The destructive power of a military force, especially its artillery and other heavy weapons.
Tensions - A state of anxiety or strain caused by a conflict between opposing forces or different needs, desires, or tendencies.
Geopolitics - The study of the geographic factors (such as the control of territory, access to resources, and the position of borders) that influence a country's political and economic life.