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North, South Korea mark 1953 armistice
South Korean soldier stands inside of the Military Armistice Commission conference room at the village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone.
South Korean soldier stands inside of the Military Armistice Commission conference room at the village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone.
Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:33AM
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North and South Korea have marked the 59th anniversary of the ceasefire, enacted following three years of war.


The armistice, signed on July 27, 1953, put an end to the fighting between US-led UN forces and South Korean troops on the one side, and Chinese and North Korean troops on the other.

Pyongyang considers the armistice a victory, saying it defeated the US-led forces and protected the sovereignty of the communist country under its founder Kim Il-sung.

The US and South Korean officials marked the armistice at the border village of Panmunjom.

The one place where North and South routinely come within staring distance is Panmunjom where the military demarcation line at the center of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) passes directly through a building -- and even bisects a small conference table where the two sides have conducted all negotiations since 1953.

The demilitarized zone, separating the two sides is a four-kilometer-long neutral zone, stretching about 257 kilometers (160 miles) across the Korean Peninsula and spreading two kilometers (1.2 miles) on each country’s side from the line of last contact during the Korean War.

The armistice, which established the zone, will remain in effect until the two nations come to a more permanent peace settlement. The two nations are still technically at war.

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