Koreas, U.S.-led UN Command meet again at Koreas’ border

23 Octobre, 2018, 03:55 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The two Koreas' defence chiefs agreed in September 2018 to ban aircraft flights over the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone and the surrounding area

According to ABC News, South Korean officials also announced Monday that the two Koreas had completed the removal of land mines in Panmunjom, and both "are separately clearing mines from another front-line area, where they plan their first-ever joint searches for the remains of soldiers killed during the Korean War".

Seoul and Pyongyang have moved forward with initiatives aimed at improving relations despite little progress in diplomatic efforts to rid the North of its nuclear weapons.

Before the murders took place inside the JSA, the two Koreas' militaries patrolled freely there without heavy weapons along the guard posts.

The agreement also includes a halt in "all hostile acts" and a no-fly zone around the border.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has acknowledged that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed "discontent" with the military pact, Gen. Robert Abrams, who is to replace Gen. Vincent Brooks as commander of the UNC, noted the efforts to demilitarize the border region are subject to UNC approval.

Seoul's defense ministry issued a statement confirming, "We discussed the timeline of the pullout of firearms and guard posts, as well as ways to adjust the number of guard personnel and conduct joint inspections". North Korea and China signed the armistice on one side, while the U.N. Command signed on the other side. It's well-known for the blue conference buildings that straddle the border, a popular tourist destination. An Ik San while the South Korean by Maj.

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The UNC, which deploys a security battalion in the area, didn't comment on the most recent meeting.

Officially, the entire DMZ area, including Panmunjom, is jointly overseen by North Korea and the U.N. Command, a legacy of the Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

After that, the USA and South Korea suspended another joint exercise, Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, that had been scheduled for August. -North Korean summit in Singapore.

Army Col. Cho Yong-geun and his North Korean counterpart Om Chang-nam attended the meeting.

The two sides began removing land mines around the JSA and a mountainous area inside the DMZ near Cheorwon, Gangwon Province.

Trump has said he expects to meet with Kim for a second time after the midterm elections. A senior USA administration official told reporters that would likely happen early next year.

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