North Korea separates self from South with a wall

Satellite images have revealed that North Korea is building sections of what appears to be a wall in several points near its border with South Korea. 

Images analyzed by BBC Verify also show that land inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has been cleared. These images appear to show at least three sections where barriers have been erected near the DMZ, covering a total of about 1km close to the eastern end of the border.

The DMZ is a 4km (2.5 miles) wide buffer zone between North and South Korea, who are still technically at war having never signed a peace treaty, and tensions between the two continue. The DMZ is split in two, with each side controlled by the respective nations.

But could be a violation of the long-standing truce with South Korea, experts say. There have also been previous reports of land being cleared at several other locations inside the North Korean-controlled side of the DMZ. 

Kim called South Korea a „principal enemy” at the beginning of this year.

Since then, the North has also started to remove symbols representing the unity of the two countries – such as demolishing monuments and erasing references to reunification on government websites, reports the BBC. 

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