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A giant North Korean flag flutters from a 528-foot pole near the border with South Korea. Tunnels built by North Korea's military are believed to extend across the border. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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As North Korea Tensions Rise, U.S. Army Trains Soldiers To Fight In Tunnels

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South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, left, shakes hands with the head of North Korean delegation Ri Son-Gwon before their meeting at the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone on Tuesday in Panmunjom, South Korea. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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A South Korean government official checks the hotline to talk with the North Korean side at the border village of Panmunjom on January 3. South Korea says North Korea has agreed to meet at the village next week. Handout from South Korean government/Getty Images hide caption

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North And South Korea Plan First Talks In 2 Years

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U.S. reconnaissance images show a North Korean ship, the Rye Song Gang 1, conducting a ship-to-ship transfer, possibly of oil, in an effort to evade sanctions on Oct. 19. South Korea has seized a ship it suspects of participating in such transfers. U.S. Treasury Department hide caption

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Firefighters make their way into a building on Dec. 21, 2017 in Jecheon, South Korea. The death toll jumped to 29 as rescue workers searched a scorched, smoke-filled commercial building in the southern city of Jecheon after a fire engulfed the building, firefighters said. Choi Hyeok-Jung/Donga Daily/Getty Images hide caption

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Bobsled pilot and two-time Olympic medal recipient, Elana Meyers Taylor, and US National team member Lolo Jones, left, push off the start during a training run in Lake Placid. John Tully for NPR hide caption

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A Kind Of Chaos: The Science And Sport Of Bobsledding

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A U.S. Air Force B-1B "Lancer" bomber flying with F-35B fighter jets and South Korean Air Force F-15K fighter jets during a training at the Pilsung Firing Range in South Korea in September. Handout/South Korean Defense Ministry vi hide caption

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Newly released closed-circuit television footage shows a North Korean soldier sprinting south across the border last week while his fellow soldiers fire on him. Screengrab by NPR/United Nations Command hide caption

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A "comfort woman" statue is placed on a bus seat to mark the 5th International Memorial Day for Comfort Women in Seoul in August. Ahn Young-joon/AP hide caption

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'Comfort Woman' Memorial Statues, A Thorn In Japan's Side, Now Sit On Korean Buses

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Last summer, South Koreans left messages of their sexual harassment and assaults on Post-it notes at an exit of Gangnam subway station. Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People attend the 72nd U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J., in July. President Trump mentioned the golf course during a speech before South Korea's National Assembly. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump speaks Wednesday morning at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. He praised the country for its postwar growth and promised to protect it against North Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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President Donald Trump smiles with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a joint news conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday. Jung Yeon-Je/AP hide caption

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South Korea has the worst air pollution among the developed nations in the the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Armed With NASA Data, South Korea Confronts Its Choking Smog

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Pedestrians walk in front of a large video screen in Tokyo broadcasting a news report about North Korea's latest missile test that passed over Japan early Friday morning. Toru Yamanaka /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan

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Supporters of South Korea's ousted president, Park Geun-hye, wave national flags during a rally demanding the release of Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong outside the Seoul Central District Court on Friday. Lee's corruption trial was linked to the scandal that brought down the former president. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Samsung Case Mark A Turning Point For South Korean Business Ties To Government?

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Samsung Group heir Lee Jae-yong arrives at Seoul Central District Court on Friday. Chung Sung-jun/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What A Tech Leader's Corruption Conviction Means For Samsung And South Korea

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