POSTED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Friday, March 15, 2013 - 8:04am
NBC News — North Korea is allowing foreign tourists to visit its side of the demilitarized zone despite tension on the Korean Peninsula.
Chinese tourists and a handful of westerners made the two hour drive from North Korea's capital to Panmunjom friday.
That's where the armistice was signed nearly 60 years ago to end hostilities in the the Korean War.
North Korean soldiers watched over the tourists as they entered the main meeting location straddling the line dividing North and South Korea.
A lieutenant in the North Korean army blamed U.S. policy for the tension with South Korea.
He stressed any incursion from the United States would be met with violence.
Last week, North Korea announced it would nullify the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War.
North Korea also threatened a nuclear attack against the U.S.
The country regularly protests annual military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea, which are currently going on.