North/South Korea: Long a de facto PA, DMZ and adjacent control zones now beginning to feel effects of encroaching farmers
A distant waterbird flaps lazily along a strip of verdant marshy shoreline, the brown river drifting sluggishly alongside, while a young soldier stands looking on bored with his rifle. There are no sounds but the water lapping and a soft drone of insects – only the barbed-wire fence and the military presence give a clue that this tranquil scene is the centre of one the world's most dangerous nuclear stand-offs.
The no man's land between North and South Korea, surrounded on all sides by heavily armed watchtowers, has been in place since the Korean war ended in 1953. A narrow strip of land along the line that divides the country in two has been deliberately depopulated, to create a buffer zone between the two states.