Activist and feminist Gloria Steinem (C) speaks at a news conference before the WomenCrossDMZ group leaves for North Korea's capital Pyongyang, at a hotel in Beijing, China, May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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With tears, songs and laughter, 30 women activists set off from Beijing Tuesday on a controversial trip to North Korea, where they will cross the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) to the South in a call for peace on the divided peninsula.The activists, including veteran American women's rights campaigner Gloria Steinem, plan two peace walks and a peace symposium in North Korea, said Christine Ahn, international coordinator for the group called WomenCrossDMZ.North and South Korea are technically still at war after the 1950-53 Korea War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Both the North and the South have given the women permission for the walk on May 24, International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament.
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