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'Animal Farm' never like this

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By Donald Kirk

The Demilitarized Zone that's divided North from South Korea since the Korean War evokes images of the Berlin Wall that divided East from West Berlin from 1961 to 1991 but shows no signs of going down after the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Oblivious to the symbolism of the double barbed-wire barriers that stretch 250 kilometers across the Korean Peninsula, Kim is determined to suppress rebellious instincts that might inspire revolt against his rule.

With no one to question anything, Kim does not appear aware of calls by his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the North's founding leader who died in 1994, for destruction of what he called a wall between North and South that "runs diametrically counter to the desire and demand of the nation and the trend of the times."

That was presumably a reference to the four-kilometer-wide DMZ on either side of which North and South Korean forces stare from guard posts that Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in agreed in their last summit in Pyongyang in September to tear down. So far only 10 of 160 guard posts, 100 on........

© The Korea Times