10/19/2004

DMZ (Korea), or why no one wants to attack North Korea

The Demilitarized Zone (or DMZ) in Korea is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula. The DMZ serves as a buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea. Seoul, with a population of approximate 10 million is located within a couple of miles from it.

Rumor has it that North Korea has so much conventional artillery targeted towards Seoul on their side of the border that any attack to NK would result in at least 1-2 million civilian casualties in Seoul.

And THAT my friends, is the main reason no one in their sane mind would attack North Korea...

The NK guys wouldn't be that crazy, would they ?

Yep, even crazier, as the 4 tunnels found under the DMZ prove...

A few tunnels have been discovered connecting North Korea to South Korea under the DMZ, which authorities in the south have alleged to be conduits for covert invasion. The first tunnel was discovered on 15 November 1974. It is believed to be about 45m metres below surface, with a total length of about 3.5 kilometres, penetrating over 1000 metres into the DMZ.
When the first tunnel was discovered, it featured electric lines and lamps, as well as railways and vehicles.

This WAS NOT a refugee tunnel!
The second was discovered on 19 March 1975, and is of similar length and between 50 and 160 metres below surface. The third tunnel was discovered on 17 October 1978. The fourth tunnel was discovereed on 3 March 1990. It is almost identical in structure to the second and the third tunnel.
The tunnels are each large enough to allow the passing of a division an hour.

Again, no refugee would waste time building a tunnel that large. This has NK military written all over it



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