As landmines beget loudspeakers, a deadline for war gives way to a talking-shop

August 22, 2015 1:26 PM

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As landmines beget loudspeakers, a deadline for war gives way to a talking-shop

NOT for quite a while has the North looked so nasty from the viewpoint of its enemy to the south. The last time tensions across the line reached such levels was in 2010, when North Korea sank the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, in March and then shelled Yeonpyeong island in November. Dozens of South Korean sailors and civilians were killed.

Not three weeks ago, on August 4th, three anti-personnel landmines apparently planted by North Korea blew off the legs of two South Korean officers who were patrolling a neutral part of the 4km-wide demilitarised zone (DMZ) that spans their border. Seoul’s response, six days after the maiming of its...

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