North and South Korea began de-mining activity today in parts of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating them as per a recent agreement to reduce tensions and prevent accidental clashes, Seoul's defense ministry said.
The de-mining is part of an agreement to eliminate the danger of war signed during the latest summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang last month.
"Regarding the landmine removal work as the starting point, the military authorities of the two Koreas will make joint efforts to ensure that their military agreement will be carried out systematically and normally," the ministry said in a press release, as quoted by Yonhap News.
After the landmine removal, set to last for 20 days, the two Koreas and the U.N. Command (UNC), which oversees activities in the DMZ, are expected to launch trilateral consultations over a range of issues, such as how their troops will operate following their disarmament.
The agenda may also include the idea of stationing 35 troops each from the two Koreas in the JSA for joint security operations.
The work to eliminate landmines in Arrowhead Ridge in Cheorwon, a site of an intense battle during the Cold War conflict, will continue until Nov. 30. The remains of some 500 troops, including around 300 UNC troops, are estimated to be buried in the ridge.
North Korea has agreed to shut down its key long-range missile test site permanently owing to this weeks cross-border summit declaration plan. The Dongchang-ri site on the North's west coast, also known as the Sohae Launching Station, a key facility to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) capable of striking the continental United States will be shutdown given that Pyongyang's push for the ICBM development has galvanized Washington's engagement with the reclusive regime, the site's verifiable shutdown is expected to provide fresh impetus to denuclearization talks between the two countries,
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Seoul has begun dismantling loudspeakers used in propoganda warfare with Pyongyang while the latter has promised to do the same following an inter-Korea summit between the leaders of both states. South Korea on Monday announced a plan to remove propaganda loudspeakers along the border with North Korea
South Korea's Navy received a new 4,500-ton landing ship, the Nojeokbong vessel on Wednesday. The new ship capable of speedy and long-distance military support operations was delivered to the Navy during Hyundai Heavy Industries' event at a shipyard in Ulsan, 370 km southeast of Seoul, DAPA (Defense Acquisition Program Administration) said
North, South Korea and the UN completed the work of withdrawing military posts, armed troops and firearms from the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the buffer zone separating the two Koreas today. Earlier the area was de-mined under UN observation and declared mine-free
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