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South Korea Marks Funeral Of Kim Jong-Il

PAJU, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 28: North Korean defectors, now living in South Korea, release balloons carrying propaganda leaflets denouncing North Korea's late leader Kim Jong-Il at Imjingak, near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating South and North Korea on December 28, 2011 in Paju, South Korea. North Koreans are today farewelling their former leader Kim Jong-Il with his funeral taking place in Pyongyang. Kim died suddenly from a heart attack on December 17, aged 69. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Inside Korea's demilitarized zone

As North Korea maintains its aggressive stance against the U.S. and South Korea, we take a look at life inside The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The DMZ is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea which runs along the 38th parallel north. The DMZ cuts the Korean Peninsula roughly in half; and was created as part of the Korean Armistice Agreement between North Korean, People's Republic of China, and United Nations Command forces in 1953. It is 250 km long, approximately 4 km wide and despite its name is the most heavily militarized border in the world.