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Negotiations between Trump, North Korea at a standstill, but optimism still in force at DMZ

Panmunjom, South Korea – Patrick Gauchat’s workspace literally is a minefield – a thin swath of isolated territory, crowded with tanks, artillery, and thousands of tense soldiers separating North and South Korea.

The Swiss major general’s mission here is to make sure the two countries comply with the 66-year-old armistice that ended the bloody Korean War. In his spare time, Gauchat tunes in to the topsy-turvey negotiations between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un – and waits for peace to make his job obsolete.

“I think Trump’s trying something new. He can surprise even his staff,” Gauchat said over lunch in the squat building that serves as a dining hall for the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission.

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