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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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Cheong Wa Dae said South Korean envoys proposed several locations for the summit including Pyongyang and Panmunjeom, and that it was North Korea's decision to hold the meeting in the South's side of the truce village.
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.
It was in the region of Panmunjeom where the original armistice agreement was signed and 55 years later this is the only crossing point between the North and South for armistice-related events.
Clockwise from below right: A US soldier serving in the UN Joint Security Forces at Panmunjeom; flags at a military observation point underline the alliance between US and South Korean forces under UN command; the flag and flag-pole to the left of this image are said to be the largest in the world, and were erected by the North Koreans in an attempt to out-do their rivals in the South; one of 114 observation posts on the southern side of the demilitarised zone; a soldier salutes his colleagues at Panmunjeom.
After wrapping up high-level inter-Korean talks at the truce village of Panmunjeom, the presidential office's national security chief, Kim Kwan-jin, held a news conference, saying "North Korea has expressed regret over the injuries of South Korean soldiers due to the land mine explosions south of the military demarcation line in the Demilitarized Zone.
Red Cross officials from both sides reached the agreement at talks at Tongilgak, an administrative building on the DPRK side of the border truce village of Panmunjeom.
South Korea tried to send a message containing the protest through the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjeom, but the North has not accepted it Wednesday, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry.
Hosted by Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson, the delegation ventured to the grounds where Canadian troops halted the major Chinese offensive in Kapyong (now called Gapyeong) and also saw first-hand the ongoing cold war in Korea by visiting a South Korean military observation post and travelling to the Joint Security Area between the North and South in Panmunjeom.
Cheong Wa Dae said presidential chief of staff Im Jong-seok will lead a committee to prepare for an inter-Korean summit planned in late April at the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom.
North and South Korea began working-level talks Friday at the truce village of Panmunjeom to work out details on resuming reunions of families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean War, according to South Korea's Unification Ministry.
The proposal was delivered to the North through a Red Cross channel at the truce village of Panmunjeom.