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South Korea: see PanmunjomPanmunjom,
officially Panmunjeom
, village, N South Korea. It lies south of the 38th parallel, the military demarcation line that partitions Korea. In the Korean War the truce negotiations, begun at nearby Kaesong, were moved in Oct.
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The three leaders' meeting at Panmunjeom should remind us that the Korean Peninsula is divided into two countries with competing ideologies and remains technically at war.
Moon and Kim adopted the Panmunjeom Declaration committing both parties to reconnect the blood relations of the people and bring forward the future of co-prosperity and unification led by the Koreans by facilitating comprehensive and groundbreaking advancement in inter-Korean relations and make joint efforts to alleviate the acute military tension and practically eliminate the danger of war in the Korean Peninsula.
So when the two leaders signed the 'Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula,' the world cheered and heaved a collective sigh of relief.
The two sides held working-level talks on the North Korean side of Panmunjeom to discuss protocol, security and press coverage for the summit.
Five-member delegates from each side staged the second round of talks at the Peace House on the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom.
The Panmunjeom talks were the first between the two Koreas since North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean border island in November last year, which killed four South Koreans and heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.
This is the daily display at the Panmunjeom Joint Security Area between North and South Korea and for a Canadian officer it's all part of the "adventure" of working at the centre of the ongoing Korean conflict.
The USA has maintained a military presence in South Korea since the Second World War and has led UN operations there since the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950; Right: two South Korean soldiers guard the entrance to North Korean territory in Panmunjeom, the Joint Security Area (JSA) at the western edge of the demarcation line.
Lee will have in depth discussion on the situation surrounding the Korean Peninsula in the wake of the meetings at Panmunjeom among the leaders of the Republic of Korea (ROK), the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States (U.S.) as well as between the U.S.
South Korea will hold a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the April 27 Panmunjeom inter-Korean declaration on Saturday night, but North Korean officials are unlikely to attend.
President Moon attended three rounds of inter-Korean summit held on April 27 and May 26 last year in Panmunjeom, North Korea and on September 18 to 20 in Pyongyang, North Korea to meet with Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea.
The South's offer to hold the talks at the truce village of Panmunjeom was conveyed to the North through a channel at Panmunjeom earlier Friday.