South Korea: Dam, Double Dam

Battle of the waterworks

In the endless propaganda wars between North and South Korea, each side is constantly conjuring up new security threats, real and imagined. The South Koreans say the Communist North's latest weapon is water—tons and tons of it. The dispute involves the Kumgangsan Dam, now being built on the North Han River near the Demilitarized Zone. The facility will produce 800,000 kW of electricity and create a reservoir holding 20 billion gal. of water. South Korea charges that if the dam should ever collapse or be demolished by the North, the resulting flood would be a disaster. Thundering down the Han River...

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