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North Korea ceasefire threat

North Korea has said it will scrap its ceasefire with South Korea if they and the US continue with military drills, the KCNA news agency said. The ceasefire has been in place since the end of the Korean war in 1953.

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The 1953 Korean War armistice

North Korea's threat to scrap the 1953 armistice jeopardises a truce that has lasted almost 60 years. Here are some of the key features of the armistice:

  • Brought an end to three years of hostilities that claimed two million lives
  • Intended as a temporary truce, not a peace treaty - the countries are still technically at war
  • Agreed a 2.4-mile demilitarised zone between the two Koreas
  • Included a mechanism for the transfer of prisoners of war
  • Members of the Military Armistice Commission from both sides still meet regularly

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