Saturday, March 14, 2009

Second Day of North Korea Border Crossing Ban

North Korea has barred border crossings with South Korea for a second straight day Saturday, stranding hundreds of people in the North. On Friday they prevented more than 400 people who work at a joint industrial complex at Kaesong from returning South. Five people were allowed to cross, including four foreigners and a bride-to-be.

Earlier this week, North Korea switched off military phones to the South to protest annual military exercises being conducted jointly by the United States and South Korea. The joint military drills include a U.S. aircraft carrier, 26,000 U.S. troops and more than 30,000 South Korean soldiers. The drills are expected to conclude on March 20.

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