January 17th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Zakaria: South Korean soldiers train in freezing cold

Now, this is certainly not my idea of fun, but the South Korean soldiers sure seem to be smiling as they frolic half naked in the snow. Just letting off some steam after the ratcheting up of tensions with their neighbors to the north?

No, these Special Forces soldiers are actually preparing for war with North Korea. About 250 of them this week were embroiled in these tests of raw endurance to prove themselves in war-like conditions. Half naked soldiers did push-ups, skied with their rifles, and took a dip in icy cold water, all to test their physical and spiritual abilities.

Not to be outdone, female members of the Special Forces also joined in on the military exercises, but they got to keep their clothes on and presumably stay a little warmer.

Check out the video above.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Hahahahahahahahahahaha

    What ever happened to that drone in Iran? Magnetic bomb anyone? Hahahahahahahaha

    January 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    North and South Koreas are – still – technically at war, despite the end of the Korean War. Relations between the two remain fraught since 2010 following the sinking of a South Korean warship and an exchange of artillery fire across the disputed western maritime border.

    January 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  3. Sam

    Republicans are so ariafd of Ed Schultz, they wish he would go away. He calls it right down the middle, even when it comes to the Democrats. The right wing is not interested in facts or reality so it's useless arguing with them. By the way, people love to watch crap like the balloon incident. That's how we are as Americans, we enjoy drama on TV. The balloon incident was drama. And to tell the truth I don't see a lot of people tuning into MSNBC to watch "balloon family" CNN will win that audience every time.

    February 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply

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