PYONGYANG, North Korea – A group of female peace activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel laureates arrived in North Korea’s capital on Tuesday for a march across the Demilitarized Zone that they hope will bring world attention to calls for a resolution to tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The rare crossing of the DMZ, approved by both Koreas, is to take place Sunday.
North and South Korea have technically been in a state of war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty. Their border along the DMZ is one of the most heavily fortified in the world and it is highly unusual for crossings to be allowed.
The event has raised controversy, with critics accusing the group of being propaganda pawns for the totalitarian North Korean government.
But participants say the march is intended to be a symbolic step toward ending the tensions between the Koreas, not an endorsement of either side’s policies.