Dieter Leistner had the rare opportunity to visit and photograph both North and South Korea - revealing contrasts and common ground.
The annual joint military drills between the US and South Korea have begun. North Korea sees them as a provocation, calling them rehearsals for an invasion, but has toned down its rhetoric.
South Korean president describes a single Korea as a jackpot for the whole of northeast Asia. Polls suggest the majority of South Koreans support the concept, but there are deep concerns over the cost of reunification.
Pyongyang has agreed to hold official talks with Seoul over the re-opening of a joint industrial zone. North Korea expert Eric Ballbach believes the communist regime has good reasons for making this move now.
Russian President Putin is set to arrive in Seoul with a long list of issues, including plans for a rail link that could ultimately link Europe to South Korean ports. The main stumbling block is likely to be Pyongyang.
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