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Despite tensions, tourists flock to Korean DMZ

IMJINGAK, South Korea — Busloads of tourists still show up to gawk at the most heavily fortified border, even as governments on both sides threaten to reduce each other to rubble.

Chinese tourists browse through military garb — child-sized — in the gift shop. Japanese teens in maroon school blazers flash peace signs and giggle high above a landscape of bright-blue water, drab, brown North Korean hills, and seemingly deserted villages.

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