Winter Olympics: hopes for peace in a town once terrorised by North Korean commandos

South Korean taxi driver Lee Jin-kyu still recalls his terror the moment he witnessed North Korean commandos coming ashore from a shipwrecked surveillance submarine under the cover of darkness, on a balmy night in September 1996.

Looking out onto the water from the roadside near the city of Gangneung, on South Korea’s east coast, Mr Lee felt a chill of dread when he saw the strange silhouette of what looked like a “dolphin” the size of a bus that had run aground on rocks. “I knew I had to sound the alarm,” he said.

The ensuing 49-day manhunt for the 26 special forces and submarine officers on board left not only 24 North Koreans, and 16 southerners dead, but it nearly brought the two Koreas to…

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