Tag Archives: Joint Security Area

Shootout in the JSA

We had ourselves a little incident in the Joint Security Area (JSA) this week when a North Korean soldier defected to the South. This was the story reported by CBS News: SEOUL, South Korea — Four North Korean soldiers fired about 40 rounds at a comrade fleeing into South Korea and hit him five times in the first […]

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All Along the DMZ — Part I

I just finished Barry Lancet’s heart-pounding geopolitical thriller, The Spy Across the Table, and I really enjoyed the scenes which took place in and around the DMZ on the Korean peninsula. Having been there several times, both as a tourist and a feature writer for The Korea Times, I appreciate those authors writing about events […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — The Bridge of No Return, Joint Security Area (JSA)

Reading about President Obama’s visit to the JSA and OP Ouellette this past weekend, reminded me of all the times I’ve been to the JSA/Panmunjom. My first time was on December 31, 1996, the day after the bodies of North Korean commandos, who had been killed in a firefight with South Korean troops (many also […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — A North Korean Through the Looking Glass, December 31, 1996

My first trip to Panmunjom, which is not really Panmunjom per se, but the Joint Security Area (JSA) was on a cold, deary New Year’s Eve in 1996. The weather made me feel like I had stepped into some Cold War thriller. When you step out on Conference Row and enter one of the Military […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — North Korean School Trip to the Joint Security Area (JSA), 2000

Here’s something you don’t see every day: A North Korean school trip to the Joint Security Area (JSA) and Panmunjom. This was back in the summer of 2000 during my second trip to the JSA and a trip that I would write about for my first article about “the scariest place in the world.” Of […]

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Picture of the Day: The Bridge of No Return

In December 2000, while writing a news story “Christmas in the JSA” I got which amounted to a VIP tour of the JSA (Joint Security Area) and the chance to take this photo of the Bridge of No Return. It was across this bridge in 1953 that POWS were repatriated at the end of the […]

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25th Anniversary of the Panmunjom Ax Murder Incident — Part 2

The following day a Military Armistice Commission (MAC) meeting was held, at which time the senior MAC member, Rear Admiral Mark P. Frudden, delivered a strong protest and demanded assurance from the KPA that this would never happen again. It was also the first time at a MAC meeting that a UNC representative defamed the […]

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25th Anniversary of the Panmunjom Ax Murder Incident — Part 1

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Panmunjom Axe Murder Incident August 17, 2001 Of all the times I visited Panmunjom—whether on a tour or as a journalist, the most memorable one was on August 17, 2001 for a special, somber ceremony to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1976 Panmunjom Axe Murder Incident. That one […]

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