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Demilitarized Zone, North Korea

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The Korean Demilitarized Zone, informally known as the 38th Parallel, is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula. It is established by the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement to serve as a buffer zone between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The Demilitarized zone (DMZ) is a border barrier that divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. It was created by agreement between North Korea, China and the United Nations in 1953. The DMZ is 250km long, and about 4km wide.
Within the DMZ is a meeting-point between the two nations in the small Joint Security Area near the western end of the zone, where negotiations take place. There have been various incidents in and around the DMZ, with military and civilian casualties on both sides.
The Korean Demilitarized Zone intersects but does not follow the 38th parallel north, which was the border before the Korean War. It crosses the parallel on an angle, with the west end of the DMZ lying south of the parallel and the east end lying north of it.
The DMZ is 250km long, approximately 4km wide. Though the zone separating both sides is demilitarized, beyond that strip the border is one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world. The Northern Limit Line, or NLL, is the disputed maritime demarcation line between North and South Korea in the Yellow Sea, not agreed in the armistice. The coastline and islands on both sides of the NLL are also heavily militarized.
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  • This is essential viewing - one of the best experiences in DPRK. Where the conflict was discussed and a peace settled, is all on the North side and you can visit the actual table they sat around, as.....  more »
  • The best tour and the best place ever. DPRK is lovely and very safe country. Lovely people and the best food in this part of Asia.  more »
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  • they said i need to concentrate better and sent me to this fun camp! :)
  • i went here. crossed dmz. now i am stuck in north krea. help. i hear the guards walking into my room. bye.
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