Two Koreas to ver­ify re­moval of bor­der guard posts next week

Millennium Post - - Mp World -

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.

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