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Inter-Korean border village reopens for public tours

May 02, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The guards on both sides of the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula are visibly no longer armed

UNARMED. North Korean soldiers walk on the North side of the border truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on May 1, 2019. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

'Pyongyang not the enemy': South Koreans fed up with military service

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Almost all able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfill sentry duties, often in remote locations along the heavily militarized border.

This picture taken on January 14, 2019 shows South Korean soldiers (R) checking new military conscripts during an induction ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan. US President Donald Trump is due to meet the North's Kim Jong Un in Hanoi for a high-profile summit to make progress on denuclearisation of the peninsula, and a possible peace treaty. If that happens, the future of the South's controversial conscription system -- which forces recruits to serve for months in often remote locations along the militarised border -- will likely be up for debate.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Koreas verify removal of frontline bunkers

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'This marks the first time since the division that the soldiers of the North and South... are peacefully crossing the military demarcation line,' says Seoul's defense ministry

NORTH AND SOUTH. North Korean soldiers (C) take photos toward a South Korean soldier (L) and a US soldier (R) standing before the military demarcation line (lower C) separating North and South Korea within the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjeom on July 27, 2014. File photo by /Ed Jones

North and South Korea begin destroying border guard posts

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The moves come as a diplomatic thaw between the former wartime foes gathers pace

Two Koreas agree to remove some border guard posts

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The two sides agree to withdraw all troops and weaponry from the 11 guard posts along the border and destroy them by the end of November, according to a joint statement released by Seoul's military

PANMUNJEOM. File photo shows a North Korean soldier (left) looking at the south side as a South Korean soldier stands guard during a press tour to the truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Koreas remove guns from Cold War truce village

Oct 25, 2018 - 1:27 PM

The Joint Security Area – also known as the truce village of Panmunjeom – has historically been both a flashpoint and a key location for diplomacy between the two Koreas ever since their split in 1953

THE KOREAS. In this photo taken on June 2, 2017, a North Korean soldier walks up steps toward Panmon hall on the north side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, before the South Korea and US-controlled Freedom House (rear) within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Koreas, U.N. Command agree to demilitarize part of border

Oct 22, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The two Koreas and the US-led United Nations Command agree 'to carry out measures to withdraw firearms and guard posts at the Joint Security Area (JSA) by October 25,' says Seoul's defense ministry statement

In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. In the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the two Koreas for decades, the two sides come face to face -- along with the contradictory narratives that will underlie a summit at the site on April 27. South Korean guards chosen for their height and looks, and sporting aviator sunglasses stand stern and unmoving outside the blue huts of the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, only metres from North Korean positions. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH SKorea-Nkorea-US-conflict-diplomacy, FOCUS by Sunghee Hwang and Sebastien Berger

Emotional farewells as North and South Koreans part for last time

Aug 23, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The relatives burst into tears when a loudspeaker announcement in a banqueting hall at the North's scenic Mount Kumgang resort declared: 'The reunion is over.'

FAREWELL. South Koreans (on the bus) wave farewell through the window to their North Korean relatives at the end of a three-day family reunion event at North Korea's Mount Kumgang resort on August 22, 2018. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

Korean leaders vow to 'meet frequently in the future'

May 26, 2018 - 7:36 PM

(4th UPDATE) North and South Korea's leaders hold surprise talks on Saturday, May 26, to get a historic summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump back on track after a head-spinning series of twists and turns.

SECOND SUMMIT. This handout from the Blue House taken and released on May 26, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) shaking hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their second summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Photo handout by The Blue House/AFP

Historic Trump-Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

May 10, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) Singapore will provide a neutral backdrop for the summit, avoiding some of the security and political challenges associated with a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea

HISTORIC. This combination of file pictures created on May 10, 2018 shows US President Donald Trump during a rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018, and a photo released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 21, 2018 of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivering a speech while attending the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang.

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 30-May 6, 2018

May 06, 2018 - 11:39 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Executive Order which prohibits illegal contractualization while delivering his speech during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

North Korea goes back to the future – by 30 minutes

May 05, 2018 - 10:26 PM

'The time-resetting is the first practical step taken after the historic third north-south summit meeting to speed up the process for the North and the South to become one,' says the official KCNA news agency

CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION. North Korea went forward in time by 30 minutes, state media reports late on May 4, to match its clocks with those of the South following the inter-Korean summit on April 27. Photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

Trump suggests Korean truce village for Kim Jong Un summit

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Peace House in Panmunjeom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, was where Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Friday for a historic summit

US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Trump arrived in the Vietnamese capital on November 11 after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit leaders meetings earlier in the day in Danang. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / LUONG THAI LINH

Trump welcomes 'historic' Korea summit

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:57 PM

The US president also hailed Chinese president Xi Jinping in his Tweet

HAPPY. File photo shows US President Donald Trump smiling during his recent State of the Union address.  Photo by Win McNamee/AFP PHOTO/POOL

IN PHOTOS: North Korea's Kim 'flooded with emotion' as he enters South

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Walking across the cement blocks that mark the border was 'so easy,' Kim Jong-Un says, making him wonder 'why it took so long to do so after 11 years,' referring to the last summit in Pyongyang in 2007

KIM IN SOUTH KOREA. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) steps with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) across the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries ahead of their meeting at the official summit Peace House building at Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Korea Summit Press Pool

Kim and Moon to meet at military demarcation line before summit

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:14 PM

When Kim Jong-Un steps over the line, he will become the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War ended 65 years ago

NORTH AND SOUTH. North Korean soldiers (C) take photos toward a South Korean soldier (L) and a US soldier (R) standing before the military demarcation line (lower C) separating North and South Korea within the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjeom on July 27, 2014. File photo by /Ed Jones

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Hopes for peace as Kim takes historic step to inter-Korean summit

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The meeting on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjeom is intended to pave the way for a highly anticipated encounter between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump

NORTH AND SOUTH. In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, within the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

WATCH: What will happen to the DMZ after the inter-Korea summit?

Apr 23, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Rappler visits the Korean Demilitarized Zone a week before the historic meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in

North Korea could send delegation to South for Winter Olympics – Kim

Jan 01, 2018 - 10:58 AM

The build-up to the event has been overshadowed by tensions running high over the North's escalating nuclear and missile tests

North Korean defector watching U.S. TV shows, K-Pop

Nov 22, 2017 - 5:38 PM

The 24-year-old North Korean solider, identified only by his surname, Oh, watches Hollywood hits like robot action flick 'Transformers' and forensic whodunnit 'CSI,' and can't get enough of K-Pop

South Korea blames North for mine blasts, vows 'harsh' response

Aug 10, 2015 - 3:39 PM

South Korea threatens harsh retaliation after blaming North Korea for landmine blasts that maimed two soldiers on border patrol

LANDMINE BLAST. This handout photo taken on August 9, 2015 and released on August 10, 2015 by the South Korean Defence Ministry shows South Korean soldiers inspecting the scene where planted landmines exploded on August 4, maiming two soldiers on border patrol in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas in Paju. AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry

South Korea fires warning shots at North border patrol

Nov 10, 2014 - 4:06 PM

This is the latest in a series of minor skirmishes involving exchanges of fire but no casualties along the inter Korean land and sea borders in recent months

North Korea fires 100 artillery shells into sea

Jul 14, 2014 - 4:34 PM

South Korea military: The drill began shortly before midday 0300 GMT using land artillery units based at the eastern tip of the Demilitarized Zone