KOREA: Sudden Death at Checkpoint Three

Sudden Death at Checkpoint Three

"The loneliest spot in the world" is what some of the American guards call Checkpoint Three. It is located at the southern end of the Bridge of No Return, over which North and South Korean prisoners were exchanged as part of the agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953. Near by stands the bleak compound of Quonset huts and wooden buildings where the LJ.N. and North Korean commands hold their Military Armistice Commission meetings.

One morning last week, a contingent of eleven American and South Korean...

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