2 Koreas com­plete dis­arm­ing of 22 posts

Khaleej Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

seoul (south korea) — The North and South Korean mil­i­taries com­pleted with­draw­ing troops and firearms from 22 front-line guard posts on Satur­day as they con­tinue to im­ple­ment a wide-rang­ing agree­ment reached in Septem­ber to re­duce ten­sions across the world’s most for­ti­fied bor­der, a South Korean De­fence Min­istry of­fi­cial said.

South Korea says the mil­i­tary agree­ment is an im­por­tant trust­build­ing step that would help sta­bilise peace and ad­vance rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween the ri­vals.

South Korea re­port­edly has about 60 guard posts — bunker­like con­crete struc­tures sur­rounded with lay­ers of barbed-wire fences and manned by sol­diers equipped with ma­chine guns — stretched across the iron­i­cally named Demil­i­ta­rized Zone.

The North is be­lieved to have about 160 guard posts within the DMZ.

The South Korean De­fence Min­istry of­fi­cial said sol­diers on Satur­day com­pleted dis­arm­ing 11 guard posts on the south­ern side of the DMZ. He said the min­istry be­lieves the North has also fin­ished with­draw­ing per­son­nel and weapons from 11 guard posts on the north­ern side of the DMZ —

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