Time to Give Kim a Call

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Visitors at the amusement park at Imjingak Pavilion, near the border village of Panmunjom

There are things you don't expect to see at the world's most militarized border in the middle of a nuclear crisis: an amusement park, for one, or busloads of snap-happy tourists. And yet, less than 24 hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Seoul to discuss the ongoing standoff with North Korea, I witnessed both at the DMZ just 50 km north of Seoul. After weeks of tough talk from Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang, the corn dogs and camera phones felt reassuring. If South Korea were worried about a nuclear attack, they'd close the carnival rides,...

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