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Dark Tourism: The Korean Crisis, North Korea - 08/07/2013

In an alarming series of events earlier this year - now being referred to as the '2013 Korean Crisis' - North Korea began testing new and improved missiles intended for the delivery of a nuclear warhead. South Korea, Japan and the United States were named as targets, while the already-familiar sabre rattling on the Korean Peninsula escalated to new extremes. Meanwhile, the rest of the world went to Red Alert, bracing for the outbreak of a nuclear war in the East. At the height of the tensions, I visited the North Korean port city of Rason... and was able to take a rare glimpse inside a nation divided in two, and seemingly poised on the brink of mutually assured destruction. On the Eve of War Six months on from North Korea's first 2013 nuclear test, the threats of leader Kim Jong-un have been revealed to have lacked substance. At the time however, there seemed to be a very high chance that he would launch nuclear weapons at the South: setting into motion a war which could have benefited no-one. As with my last tour of North Korea , I arranged this trip through my friends at Young Pioneer Tours . They were receiving a record number of cancellations at the time, with more customers pulling out of their Korean tours almost every day. Unlike the standard package tour of the DPRK - most of which stop at the capital Pyongyang as well as the Korean Demilitarized Zone - this time we were headed for a more rural destination: the port city of Rason, situated not far from Russia on the ...

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