Korea teams to check each other’s posts

Shanghai Daily - - TOP NEWS - (AP)

THE two Koreas will ex­change in­spec­tion teams across their bor­der next week to ver­ify each other’s works to re­move some of their front-line guard posts, Seoul’s De­fense Min­istry said yes­ter­day.

In the past weeks, the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of Korea and South Korea each have dis­man­tled or dis­armed 11 of their bor­der guard posts as part of agree­ments to re­duce ten­sions that were reached dur­ing their lead­ers’ sum­mit in Py­ongyang in Septem­ber.

Vice De­fense Min­is­ter Suh Choo-suk said the two Koreas agreed to con­duct one-day mu­tual ver­i­fi­ca­tion on the sites of the guard posts next Wed­nes­day. He said the neigh­bors will each send 11 mil­i­tary in­spec­tion teams to the other’s 11 sites.

Suh said the mu­tual ver­i­fi­ca­tion is proof of trust es­tab­lished be­tween the two mil­i­taries. The dis­man­tled or dis­armed guard posts were lo­cated in­side the 248-kilo­me­ter-long Demil­i­ta­rized Zone, the strip of land that bi­sects the Korean Penin­sula.

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