The signed ceasefire established a “complete cessation of all hostilities in Korea by all armed men which should be imposed by the commanders of both sides. However, the ceasefire is merely a ceasefire between the armed forces and not an agreement between governments to normalize relations.  No formal peace treaty has been signed and normalized relations have not been restored. The ceasefire founded the Military Dearcation Line (MDL) and the DMZ. The DMZ was agreed as a 4.0 km wide buffer zone between the two Korean nations.  The DMZ follows the Kansas Line, where the two sides clashed at the time of the signing of the ceasefire. The DMZ is currently the most defended national border in the world from 2018. [Citation required] The agreement also called for the establishment of the Military Ceasefire Commission (MAC) and other agencies to ensure the ceasefire. South Korea never signed the ceasefire agreement, with President Syngman Rhee refusing to accept power.   China normalized relations and signed a peace agreement with South Korea in 1992. In 1994, China withdrew from the Military Ceasefire Commission, leaving North Korea and the UN command essentially the only participants in the ceasefire agreement.   In 2011, South Korea declared that North Korea had violated the ceasefire 221 times.  The MAC, which includes members of both parties, still meets regularly in the Armistice Village of Panmunjom.
Chinese and North Korean military commanders signed the agreement, with the U.S.-led U.N. command signing on behalf of the international community. South Korea was not a signatory. Article IV (paragraph 60) of the ceasefire agreement calls for a political conference to be held within three months of the signing of the agreement to “ensure the peaceful settlement of the Korean issue.”  In April 1954, a conference was held in Geneva, during which the three-month period was missed by six months. The conference focused on two separate conflicts: the conflict in Korea; and the conflict in Indochina. The United States, the USSR, France, China, North Korea and South Korea participated in discussions on the Korean conflict. The Korean Peninsula peace agreement was officially discussed at the conference by Chinese diplomat Zhou Enlai with U.S. Secretary of Defense John Foster Dulles, but no progress has been made.  The United States deliberately avoided discussing the “Korean Peninsula Peace Treaty,” despite criticism from other representatives at the conference on the negative attitude of the United States.
On July 19, 1953, delegates reached agreement on all members of the agenda.  July 27, 1953 at 10 a.m.m. The ceasefire was signed by Nam IL, delegate of the KPA and the VPA, and William K. Harrison Jr., UNC delegate.  Twelve hours after the signing of the document, all the rules approved by the ceasefire began.  The agreement provided for oversight by an international commission. The Neutral Nations Monitoring Commission (NNSC) was set up to prevent reinforcements from being brought to Korea, either additional military personnel or new weapons, and inspection teams of NNSC members from Czechoslovakia, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland are deployed throughout Korea.  The ceasefire also established rules for prisoners of war.