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The Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas has been a popular tourist destination until the North's latest nuclear threat

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During one fine dinner in Seoul, I asked David, a US-born South Korean, if he ever wanted to visit North Korea to see his father's family. He replied that he had never thought about it. 

"Why not?" I wanted to know more.

"I can't. As a South Korean, you are not allowed to cross to the North," he said, adding that one would be viewed with suspicion by the governments of both nations. Even his father, who escaped from the North when he was young, never imagines returning there.

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