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Growing rice under war's shadow in the Demilitarised Zone

The 197 residents of Taesung, or Freedom Village, have a front-row seat to the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Soldiers standing guard on Wednesday inside the meeting room that straddles the border between North and South Korea in Paju along the Demilitarised Zone. For the residents of nearby Taesung, the proximity to danger is mixed with an odd sense of security.

Taesung, South Korea

ALL day long, and all through the night, the villagers hear the music. It is loud and chirpy, with lyrics trumpeting the virtues of their sworn enemy, North Korea.

"It feels so close now," said Cho Young-sook, 57, standing in a second-floor bedroom in her home...

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