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DMZ : Background & Ecology
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is the buffer zone between North and South Korea. DMZ was established in July 27th. 1953 when the armistice was agreed during the 1950-53 Korean War. The DMZ is 250 kilometers long along the 38th parallel and about 4 kilometers wide. Unlike its name, DMZ is the most heavily militarized border in the world, deploying massive troops and weapons from the two nations along the DMZ.
[Source : Wikipedia.org]
The DMZ has been isolated from people more than 6 decades now. This natural isolation along the 250km (160mi) length of the DMZ has made the area the most well-preserved ecological area in the world with nearly 3,000 plant species, 70 types of wild animals such as Siberian tigers and Amur leopards and 320 kinds of birds such as red-crowned cranes and white-naped cranes.
[Source : Wikipedia.org]About Korean War
JSA : Definition
North and South Korea are still technically at war to this day. This is the only place on earth where a civilian enter an active war zone. JSA (Joint Security Area) is located in Panmunjeom near the western end of the DMZ. JSA has served as a meeting-point for North Korea and South Korea for critical political and economic negotiations. The JSA is the only zone where the South and North face each other without a wall or a barbed-wire fence in a disarmed/unarmed state. It is also a special district, without an administrative jurisdiction of the parties of the South and North. The JSA is the only area that is under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Emergency Force by the ROK army (around 350 personnel) and the United States Military (around 250 personnel) from within 155 miles of the ceasefire line.
Within the JSA; North of the Military Demarcation Line, 20 centimeters in width, Panmunjeom is located where the summit of South and North Korea and the military armistice conference took place.