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A South Korean armed policeman wears a gas mask during an anti-terror drill on the sidelines of South Korea-US joint military exercise, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, at a subway station in Seoul on August 19, 2015. Tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops on August 17 began a military exercise simulating an all-out North Korean attack, as Pyongyang matched Seoul in resuming a loudspeaker propaganda campaign across their heavily-fortified border

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A South Korean armed policeman wears a gas mask during an anti-terror drill on the sidelines of South Korea-US joint military exercise, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, at a subway station in Seoul on Wednesday

A North Korean soldier keeps watch on the south at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea, August 11, 2015. South Korea's military on Monday threatened retaliation against North Korea after accusing the North of planting land mines inside the Demilitarised Zone border that wounded two soldiers last week, in what it called a cowardly act of provocation.

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A North Korean soldier keeps watch on the south at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea today. South Korea’s military on Monday threatened retaliation against North Korea after accusing the North of planting land mines inside the Demilitarised Zone border that wounded two soldiers last week, in what it called a cowardly act of provocation

A girl swims to escape a heat in front of a large cutout that raises awareness on water shortage, at the Han River Park in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. A heat wave warning was issued in Seoul as temperatures soared above 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 Farenheit).

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A girl swims to escape a heat in front of a large cutout that raises awareness on water shortage, at the Han River Park in Seoul, South Korea on Tuesday

A watch and clock vendor sits in his shop in Seoul, South Korea.

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A watch and clock vendor sits in his shop in Seoul, South Korea. 

A diver performs with sardines as part of the summer events at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. The aquarium features 40,000 sea creatures from over 600 different species.

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A diver performs with sardines as part of the summer events at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. The aquarium features 40,000 sea creatures from over 600 different species.

A US soldier wears a gas mask during a competition to test individual skills at a US Army base in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, on July 8, 2015. The goal of the competition is to foster esprit de corps across the units participating and to continue to strengthen the US-South Korea alliance.

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A US soldier wears a gas mask during a competition to test individual skills at a US Army base in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, on Wednesday. The goal of the competition is to foster esprit de corps across the units participating and to continue to strengthen the US-South Korea alliance

Police officers wearing masks as a precaution against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are reflected on windows in Seoul, South Korea.

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Police officers wearing masks as a precaution against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are reflected on windows in Seoul, South Korea. 

South Korean workers wearing pr...TOPSHOTS South Korean workers wearing protective gear fumigate a theater at the Sejong Culture Center in Seoul on June 16, 2015. South Korea on June 16 reported three more fatalities from MERS, taking the country's death toll from the outbreak to 19 as four new cases were confirmed, the health ministry said.     AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JEJUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

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South Korean workers wearing protective gear fumigate a theatre at the Sejong Culture Center in Seoul. South Korea fatalities from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome continue to rise. 

Two women wearing face masks walk on a street in the popular Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul on June 15, 2015. South Korea reported on June 15, two more deaths and five new cases in the growing outbreak of MERS which has placed more than 5,200 people under quarantine and sparked widespread

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Two women wearing face masks walk on a street in the popular Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul. South Korea reported on Monday, two more deaths and five new cases in the growing outbreak of MERS which has placed more than 5,200 people under quarantine

A couple wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) looks at each other as they ride on an escalator in Seoul

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A couple wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) look at each other as they ride on an escalator in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday

 Elementary school students wear masks as a precaution against the MERS virus as they wait for a lesson to start at Midong Elementary School on June 9, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has reported eight deaths related to the virus with 2,500 people quarantined and 1,800 schools closed as of June 9, 2015

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Elementary school students wear masks as a precaution against the MERS virus as they wait for a lesson to start at Midong Elementary School on Tuesday in Seoul, South Korea

Chinese tourists wearing face masks pose for a "selfie" photograph at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. South Korea reported its sixth death from the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), with the total number of cases rising to 87, including the first teenager to be infected with the virus

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Chinese tourists wearing face masks pose for a “selfie” at the Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea, on Monday. South Korea reported its sixth death from the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), with the total number of cases rising to 87, including the first teenager to be infected with the virus

A young novice monk prays after having his head shaved by Buddhist monks during a ceremony entitled 'Children Becoming Buddhist Monks', at the Jogye temple in Seoul on May 11, 2015.  Following the ceremony the children stay at the temple where they are taught about Buddhism, for two weeks, until Buddha's birthday on May 25

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A young novice monk prays after having his head shaved by Buddhist monks during a ceremony entitled ‘Children Becoming Buddhist Monks’, at the Jogye temple in Seoul on Monday

Soldiers from the South Korean army special forces demonstrate their skills how to fight back knife-wielding attackers during a martial arts demonstration for Children's Day at the War Museum in Seoul, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. May 5 is celebrated as Children's Day, a national holiday, in South Korea

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Soldiers from the South Korean army special forces unit demonstrate their skills in fighting back knife-wielding attackers during a martial arts demonstration for Children’s Day at the War Museum in Seoul on Tuesday

An elderly woman sits on ground as she is blocked by barricade of policemen while marching down street during rally in central Seoul...An elderly woman sits on the ground as she is blocked by a barricade of policemen while marching down the street during a rally in central Seoul, South Korea, April 24, 2015. About 260,000 workers took part in the nationwide one-day strike, including about 60,000 government employees and 10,000 teachers, according to the Korean Federation of Trade Unions. They protested against the government's push to cut pensions and ease rules for firing employees, according to local media.  REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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An elderly woman sits on the ground as she is blocked by a barricade of policemen while marching down the street during a rally in central Seoul, South Korea. About 260,000 workers took part in the nationwide one-day strike, including about 60,000 government employees and 10,000 teachers, according to the Korean Federation of Trade Unions. They protested against the government’s push to cut pensions and ease rules for firing employees, according to local media 

A relative of the victims of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster is in a nose-to-nose stand-off with a policeman during an anti-government protest near the presidential residence in Seoul on April 17, 2015. Dozens of people continued their protests overnight after thousands of mourners rallied to mark the first anniversary of the disaster that claimed 304 lives.

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A relative of the victims of South Korea’s Sewol ferry disaster is in a nose-to-nose stand-off with a policeman during an anti-government protest near the presidential residence in Seoul on Friday

People release yellow balloons ...TOPSHOTS People release yellow balloons during a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster at the southern island of Jindo, the closest landfall to the site where the Sewol sank, on April 16, 2015. South Korea's president vowed to raise the sunken Sewol ferry bowing to a key demand of grieving relatives as they marked the first anniversary of the disaster that claimed 304 lives -- most of them schoolchildren. REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT  NO ARCHIVES  NO INTERNET    RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE     AFP PHOTO / YONHAPYONHAP/AFP/Getty Images

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People release yellow balloons during a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of South Korea‘s Sewol ferry disaster. The southern island of Jindo is the closest landfall to the site where the Sewol sank. 

A worker attaches the name tag of a Buddhist who made donation to a lantern, for upcoming celebration of Buddha's birthday on May 25 at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

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A worker attaches the name tag of a Buddhist who made a donation to a lantern, for upcoming celebration of Buddha’s birthday in May at the Jogye temple in Seoul, South Korea on Wednesday

A photographer takes pictures of South Korean army soldiers taking part in a U.S.-South Korea joint live-fire military exercise at a training field in Pocheon, south of the demilitarized zone.

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A photographer takes pictures of South Korean army soldiers involved in a US/South Korea live-fire military exercise at a training field in Pocheon, south of the demilitarized zone

A new South Korean military officer runs into an echelon as they attend a joint commissioning ceremony for 6,478 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong

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A new South Korean military officer runs into an echelon as they attend a joint commissioning ceremony for 6,478 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong on Thursday