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... creation in 1953. According to PRI, a major reason why conflict continues to arise is because the two countries are technically still at war with each other since they only agreed to a cease-fire. The first instance of such an event occurred in October 1966, when troops from both North and South Korea entered the zone and engaged in skirmishes. Although both counties eventually back off, in April 1996 the DPRK again sends troops into the DMZ leading to more conflict. This type of exchange has not subdued over the years and continues to take place. For example, in August 2015, both countries began to blare propaganda over the DMZ, which ended up culminating into an exchange of artillery fire between the two countries. These repeated conflicts that occur over the DMZ are clearly harmful to South Korea and only occur because of the split between North and South Korea.
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