Two Koreas to verify removal of border guard posts next week
SEOUL: The two Koreas will exchange inspection teams across their heavily armed border next week to verify each other’s works to remove some of their front-line guard posts, Seoul’s Defence Ministry said Thursday.
In the past weeks, North 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 Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk told reporters that the two Koreas agreed to conduct one-day mutual verification on the sites of the guard posts next Wednesday.
He said the Koreas 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 (155-mile) -long Demilitarised Zone, the strip of land that bisects the Korean Peninsula.
Unlike its name, it’s the world’s most heavily fortified border strewn with an estimated 2 million land mines and has been the scene of numerous cases of violence and bloodshed.