A Korean peninsula with no demilitarised zone?

Imagine if an end is finally declared to the Korean War. Will that mean that there will no longer be a Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas?

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement which led to a ceasefire but not an official end to the war.

Perhaps that end is finally in the offing. The Panmunjom Declaration issued exactly three months ago following the historic Inter-Korean Summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had stated that both Koreas agreed to actively pursue meetings - involving either the United States or both the US and China - with a view to declaring an end to the Korean War this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2018, with the headline 'A Korean peninsula with no demilitarised zone?'. Print Edition | Subscribe