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A convoy of 15 South Korean dump trucks rumbled across the heavily fortified border yesterday, returning home with North Korean sand in a symbolic trip that raised hopes for breaching a Cold War frontier for the sake of trade.

North Korea has been extremely reluctant to open its land border with South Korea. The Koreas remains divided following the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty. Their border is guarded by barbed wires, battle-ready military units, and mine fields.


Yesterday's truckloads were yet another sign of North Korea's willingness to open its border with South Korea for commercial profits. South Korean tourists are already crossing the eastern border to visit the North's scenic Diamond Mountain.


South Korea, suffering a shortage of construction materials, has imported over 33,000 tons of North Korean sand since 2002. But until yesterday, all the law material shipments from North Korea came through China or by ship.


After a historic 2000 inter-Korean summit, South Korea began sanctioning trade with North Korea, which badly need trade and investment from the outside to help rebuild its shattered economy.


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 2004/6/6 17:17Profile
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 Re: North Korea opens border with South

That's great news Brother Greg. The walls in North Korea will be coming down soon. That's my hope and prayer.

North Korea is the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian (in terms of persecution), yet since the Communists have taken over that country the number of believers has tripled. God is at work in the most difficult of situations.


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North Korea is the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian (in terms of persecution), yet since the Communists have taken over that country the number of believers has tripled. God is at work in the most difficult of situations.


Yes lets pray North Korea become more of a moderate China in its reaction to religious freedom. What an amazing occourence surely there are things happening in the heavenlies.


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What may be a surprise is that the US really doesn't want to see North and South united into one country. That is unless the Koreans become a docile economic entity. You see the days are evil, and a unified Korea could pose problems for the US in that region of the world. A Korea that would become a competitor for economic leadership in the region would be looked at by the US as a threat. Therefore if this new relationship continues, sit back and watch to see how the US impedes this process.

Just a thought,
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