North Korea: Will Trump and Kim Jong-un meet at the heavily armed DMZ?

The Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjom sits in no-man’s land between the two nations where troops from both North and South stand guard on their respective sides of the border.

Traditionally ‘neutral’ locations for peace talks such as Switzerland and Sweden have already been touted as potential sites for the momentous talks.

However Kim is not believed to have left North Korea since he rose to power following the death of his father in 2011, meaning an overseas trip may be unlikely.

And now a senior South Korean official has floated the JSA as a “serious option” for the unprecedented meeting between Mr Trump and dictator Kim.

South Korean news agency Yonhap has quoted an official from the presidential office as saying: “Places like Switzerland, Sweden or Jeju Island have been gaining a lot of attention as possible venues for the meeting, but we also view the JSA as a serious option.”

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, added: “If North Korea and the US, who are the directly involved parties of the truce agreement, hold the summit at Panmunjon, it would hold the significant meaning of turning a symbol of division into one of peace.”

However exactly where the summit will be held is still up for discussion, the official said, as Washington and Pyongyang continue to work out the countless security issues associated with such a high-profile meeting.

Donald Trump left aides and officials flabbergasted when he accepted an invitation to meet with the North Korean dictator last week.

During a meeting with the South Korean envoy to the United States, the President jumped at a chance for face-to-face talks with Kim Jong-un, despite not having broached the subject with his security advisors.

The high-risk gamble could pave the way to a peaceful resolution to the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula or potentially worsen the already tense situation.

The JSA has been the site of countless talks between North and South Korea following the 1953 armistice which brought an end to the Korean War.

Leaders of the two Koreas are planning to meet at Panmunjon next month, and the famous blue huts used for talks have recently been visited by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his predecessor Hillary Clinton.

The 160-mile long DMZ was established after the treaty was signed and splits the North and South in two.

Spanning just 2.5 miles wide, it is the most heavily fortified stretch of land in the world and is peppered with more than one million landmines as well as bunkers and artillery positions on both sides.