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The DMZ Zone on the Korean Peninsula that divides North and South Korea

Korea Peninsula DMZ History

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a extreme militarized strip of no-mans-land running across the Korean Peninsula. It was established by the provisions of the Armistice Agreement(cessation of hostilities) for the Restoration of the South Korean State (which ensures the complete cessation of open hostilities and all acts of armed force in Korea until a peaceful settlement is achieved) to serve as a buffer zone between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the southern Republic of Korea (South Korea). The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is the de facto barrier that divides the Korean Peninsula north and south in half. It was created by the agreement between North Korea, Peoples Republic of China, and the United Nations on July 27, 1953. The DMZ is winding 250 kilometers (160 miles) long, and about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) wide to keep aggression and shootings down.

Over the years, hot and deadly outbreaks of violence have killed over 500+ South Korean soldiers, 50+ US soldiers and 250+ soldiers from DPRK along the DMZ from 1953.

In the Armistice Agreement of 27 July 1953, the DMZ was created as each side agreed to move their troops back 2,000 m (2,200 yards) from the front line, creating a claimer buffer zone 4 km (2.5 mi) across. This Military Demarcation Line (MDL) goes through the measured center of the DMZ and marks where the front was when the agreement was signed.

DMZ Watch Tower

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