Koreas dis­arm 22 guard posts:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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 De­fense Min­istry of­fi­cial said.

South Korea says the mil­i­tary agree­ment is an im­por­tant trust-build­ing step that would help sta­bi­lize peace and ad­vance rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween the ri­vals. But crit­ics say the South risks con­ced­ing some of its con­ven­tional mil­i­tary strength be­fore North Korea takes any mean­ing­ful steps on de­nu­cle­ariza­tion – an anx­i­ety that’s grow­ing as the larger nu­clear ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Py­ongyang seem­ingly drift into a stale­mate. (AP)

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