North, South Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC) will commence discussions Tuesday on disarming the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the fortified border between the two countries.
The meeting is to open at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone at 10 a.m., the South Korean Defence Ministry said, according to Korea Herald.
South and North Korea had agreed to turn the JSA into a weapon-free zone under the military agreement signed by their defense chiefs during the Pyongyang summit in September between President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong-un.
The UNC has jurisdiction over the JSA which was established to give effect to a truce after the 1950-53 Korean War.
As part of the peace process, the two Koreas started a 20-day operation to remove landmines in the JSA on October 1.
The Koreas and the UNC plan to review the results of the landmine removal operation and details of ways to implement the agreement to disarm the JSA.
Also on the agenda are the pullout of troops and firearms from guard posts at the JSA and verification. The South and the North plan to withdraw four and five guard posts respectively from the JSA post which a patrol of unarmed 35 soldiers will be stationed there.
Citizens of the two Koreas and foreign tourists will be allowed to cross the military demarcation line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Concrete forms of implementation will be decided via discussions at the three-way council," the ministry said in statements quoted in the South Korea media.
Seoul has already dismantled propaganda loudspeakers from the border and the north has stopped sending drones to drop leaflets as part of the peace process.
South Korea's defense ministry today announced that it has put off the testing of it Long Range Surface-to-air interceptor missile (L-SAM) due to “technical reasons.” However, unnamed critics said that the test was delayed at the instruction of the presidential office as the Moon Jae-in administration wanted to avoid antagonizing the North amid a reconciliatory mood, the Yonhap News Agency reported
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
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,
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
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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