Thaw in Korean ties brings relief for students of South’s school in DMZ

North Korea had been a source of fear for 11-year-old South Korean Sin Jae-hyeok as long as he could remember, until the moment he handed flowers to its leader, Kim Jong Un, ahead of the first summit with the South’s president last April.

For the students of Daesungdong Elementary School, located in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), a 4-km (2.5-mile) buffer between North and South along one of the world’s most heavily fortified borders, the dramatic detente came as a surprise.

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