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  • Current tensions between South Korea

  • and North Korea are higher than they've been in years.

  • These hostilities continued for a simple reason,

  • the Korean War never ended.

  • When combat stopped in 1953,

  • no peace treaty was ever signed.

  • Just a ceasefire, which continues to this day,

  • leaving the two countries separated by the D-M-Z,

  • or Demilitarized Zone, filled with

  • high voltage fence and over one million landmines.

  • And along this no man's land, there is just one point

  • where these enemies can stand face to face,

  • the JSA or Joint Security Area.

  • Here the border between North and South Korea

  • runs along a concrete curb and bisects

  • blue conference rooms where the two sides have

  • occasionally met for diplomatic talks.

  • The JSA has more often been the sight of

  • hundreds of acts of violence and provocations.

  • Given this situation I could think of no

  • two better people to visit the JSA than

  • Conan O'Brien and Steven Yeun.

  • (laughter)

  • Well, we are in the DMZ.

  • This is ...um..surreal.

  • Um...That is North Korea right there,

  • those are North Koreans staring back at us.

  • He's probably freaking out because he

  • recognizes both of us.

  • He's the huge "Walking DeadandTeam Cocofan.

  • That's Bob, we named him Bob,

  • they do 12 hour shifts.

  • Does the guy change, but the name stays the same?

  • We don't know their names,

  • we just call them Bob.

  • That guy is shoveling, shoveling.

  • [Steven} Shoveling Lies.

  • Can I say you're the best dressed soldier

  • I have even seen in my life.

  • Like a Janet Jackson backup dancer, incredible.

  • (laughter)

  • He looks amazing.

  • Let me explain what's happening here.

  • We're now in a room and we've been told

  • that when we cross past this table

  • we will be in North Korea.

  • Why does this historically significant building

  • that links these two separated countries,

  • look so much like the business center of a Ramada Inn?

  • (laughter)

  • Sir, you do realize you're wearing sunglasses

  • indoors in a snowstorm?

  • Other people are doing it as well.

  • Okay, I guess if I jumped off a bridge

  • you would as well.

  • (laughter)

  • Sorry, this is probably not the time or the place

  • for my quips.

  • You are in North Korea.

  • I am in North Korea.

  • I am still in South Korea.

  • Oh, congratulations.

  • (Laughter)

  • North Korea

  • And is this gentleman with us?

  • Yes.

  • Do not touch him, or cross behind him

  • because if you touch him I can't help you after that.

  • What are you talking about?

  • So I will not touch this man

  • And do not go behind.

  • This is crazy.

  • We have just been told not to touch this man

  • or go behind him,

  • which is usually my rule with any man.

  • (laughter)

  • All right, we're here, we're in North Korea.

  • From North Korea, the land of our supreme and glorious leader Kim Jong Un

  • It's Conan

  • Tonight from The Walking Dead, traitor and tail-chasing dog Steven Yeun

  • Plus, a soldier that doesn't move

  • And now, here he is, Conan O'Brien

  • (cheering)

  • I'm here with my guest Steven Yeun

  • from Walking Dead.

  • So how's your life going?

  • It's going, going pretty good, I'm getting married.

  • You're getting married.

  • Yes.

  • That's fantastic.

  • Thank you.

  • (cheering)

  • Did you hear that, he's getting married?

  • So are you excited about the new season of Walking Dead?

  • Yeah, it's, we've worked really hard on it.

  • I'm told you have a clip.

  • Yes.

  • (screaming)

  • Does North Korea know that we are here right now?

  • Yes

  • There is a video so they can watch what is happening here

  • So North Korean officials are watching us right now?

  • I guess you are not famous in North Korea.

  • (laughter)

  • What the hell are you talking about?

  • He's famous.

  • I'm huge in North Korea.

  • I played there last year.

  • (laughing)

  • Two minutes, okay.

  • We've been obviously kidding around a little bit.

  • But this is a serious thing.

  • The idea that you and I could be in North Korea talking

  • and communicating freely seems like

  • kind of a cool message.

  • Honestly, I never would have ever,

  • thought I could do this.

  • This is the dream, the dream is to unify.

  • The dream is to bring families and

  • people together, and that's the hope.

  • It's so surreal that this separation

  • is completely man-made and ridiculous.

  • So let's hope that changes.

  • Hey this is Conan O'Brien.

  • I'm reporting from North Korea with the weather.

  • It is cloudy, overcast,

  • light snow showers, about 28 degrees.

  • Here now with the weather from South Korea, Steven Yeun.

  • Steven.

  • Hey thank you Conan.

  • (laughter)

  • I'm here in South Korea with the weather report.

  • It's the same.

  • (laughter)

  • We're going to throw a commercial now.

  • This whole segment has been sponsored by Indoor Sunglasses.

  • (laughter)

  • Worn by everyone in the DMZ.

  • (cheering)

Current tensions between South Korea

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