from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A village of northwest South Korea just south of the 38th parallel. Truce negotiations for the Korean War were held here from October 1951 to July 27, 1953, when the truce was officially signed.

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  • proper n. A tiny hamlet in Korea in the center of the demilitarized zone, the site of contact between the force of the South Korean Government and the North Korean Government, and between the United Nations Command and the North Korean and Chinese military commands.


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  • The two sides once held a meeting in Panmunjom that went on for eleven hours.

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  • The official in Seoul called the Panmunjom line "kind of the official one, used for all official messages."

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  • This has been the sort of status quo since 1953, since the truce at Panmunjom.

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  • On Sunday, Ms. Gillard visited the inter-Korean border and the truce village of Panmunjom, where military officials of South Korea and its allies meet with North Korean officials.

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  • By the summer of 1951 the main line of resistance stabilized along the 38th Parallel after a last UN offensive, and from that point forward in the conflict the sounds of battle along a static front served as a background to diplomatic wrangling over the negotiating table at Panmunjom.

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  • Shortly after Boatner ended one Communist campaign to coerce concessions at Panmunjom, American and UN airmen started their own.

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  • American newspapers were not fooled; they speculated that the attacks that had darkened much of North Korea and a good part of Manchuria were the start of a tougher policy to break the stalemate over POW repatriation at the peace talks at Panmunjom.

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  • After months of futile peace talks and stalemate on the ground, senior commanders in the Far East Air Force mounted an air campaign in the spring of 1952 against targets specifically selected to influence the talks at Panmunjom.

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  • Reuters CLOSE THE CURTAIN: North Korean soldiers peered in a window Friday at a South Korean soldier, left, and an U.S. soldier inside a meeting room at the U.N. Command Military Armistice Commission in the border village of Panmunjom between North and South Korea.

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  • Pyongyang had demanded that they be brought to the border village of Panmunjom to explain to their relatives why they did not want to return home.

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