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This Happened — July 27: Korean War Armistice

The Korean War armistice agreement at Panmunjom was signed on this day in 1953, ending three years of fighting.

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What led to the signing of the Korean War Armistice in Panmunjom?

The armistice was the result of negotiations between the United Nations Command, representing the forces supporting South Korea, and the Korean People's Army and the Chinese People's Volunteer Army, representing North Korea and China, respectively. The negotiations aimed to establish a ceasefire and restore peace on the Korean Peninsula.

What were the terms of the Korean War armistice agreement?

The armistice agreement established a demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea along the 38th parallel. It also included provisions for the exchange of prisoners of war and the establishment of a military armistice commission to oversee the ceasefire.

How did the armistice affect the Korean Peninsula and its division?

The armistice effectively maintained the division between North and South Korea, solidifying the separation that had emerged during the war. It created a lasting demilitarized zone that serves as a buffer between the two nations and has become an iconic symbol of the Korean War and its unresolved status.

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