AS AUSTRALIA remembers its servicemen and women, soldiers in North Korea are putting down their weapons and picking up shovels.
Beyond the barbed wire of the DMZ, ruddy-faced North Korean soldiers
put down their rifles and stood shoulder to shoulder with farmers as they turned their focus to another battle: the spring planting. As neighbouring nations remain on guard for a missile launch or nuclear test that South Korean and US officials say could take place at any time, the focus north of the border is on planting rice, cabbage and soybeans. In hamlets all along the DMZ, soldiers were knee-deep in mud and water as they helped farmers with the spring planting.