Reclining to the historic summit, North and South Korea agree to verify withdrawal of guard posts in border area
Source :NewsBharati   Date :06-Dec-2018

Seoul, December 6: With North and South Korea breaking the long driven war between each other, the two countries also attempted to mutual agree on removal of guards posts at the border. Under the same perspective, both Korean countries have decided to exchange inspection teams across their armed border to verify each other’s works on removal of their front line guard posts.

Informing the media about the same, Seoul Defence Ministry stated that in the past weeks, North and South Korea each have taken apart 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 further added 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. Defence Minister 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 Demilitarized 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.

Under the September agreements, the Koreas have also taken steps to demilitarize the shared border village of Panmunjom inside the DMZ, halted live-fire drills along the border and have been removing mines to conduct joint searches for Korean War dead.