2 Koreas complete disarming of 22 posts
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 —