CNN: Threats, tension and a history lesson: Rare look inside North Korea's DMZ

Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN)A barren road takes us to the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea.

Most visitors see it from the South Korean side, however we're on the North Korean side looking south.

Our guide, Junior Lt. Colonel Nam Dong Ho, calls it "the most tense place on the planet."

He's one of North Korea's standing army of more than one million soldiers. Nearly three-quarters of them are stationed close to the Demilitarized Zone, also known as the DMZ.

WNU Editor: I visited the DMZ in 1988 .... you can just feel the tension. Visited the DMZ 20 years later .... and nothing had changed in 20 years.

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