North and South Korea sign agreement to end Korean War
It was a moment 65 years in the making.
Leaders of the two Koreas have agreed to end the Korean War, 65 years after hostilities ended, in a joint announcement Friday.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean's Kim Jong Un signed the "Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula," at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that has divided the two countries for more than six decades.
Following the signing ceremony, the two leaders clasped hands and hugged in a symbolic act of togetherness after a full day of meetings, including a 30-minute private conversation.
The Koreas went to war in 1950 when soldiers from the North Korean People's Army invaded the South. Although the armed conflict ended three years later in 1953, with the signing of an armistice agreement, no formal peace treaty was ever signed, and technically, the two remain at war.
"The two leaders solemnly declare ... that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and a new era of peace has begun," the declaration said.
North and South Korea also agreed to stop all hostile acts over "land, sea and air" that can cause military tensions and clashes.
The two leaders announced that starting May 1, they will suspend all loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts the countries have been blaring at each other across their heavily-armed border. They will also dismantle broadcasting equipment.
The Koreas also agreed to stop flying propaganda leaflets across their border.
The countries also agreed to take steps to defuse the relatively frequent clashes around their western maritime border by designating the area as a "peace zone" and guarantee safe operations of fishermen from both countries.
The Koreas plan to hold military talks in May to further discuss reducing tensions.