Koreas hold working-level military talks over enforcement of peace accord

SEOUL, The two Koreas' militaries held working-level talks on Friday to discuss the enforcement of their recent agreement to reduce tensions and prevent accidental clashes, Seoul's defense ministry said.

During the talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom, the two sides discussed ongoing demining operations to enforce part of the agreement to disarm the Joint Security Area in the Demilitarized Zone and excavate Korean War remains in an area of the buffer zone.

Their agenda also included withdrawing some border guard posts on a trial basis and conducting joint research on the Han River estuary where civilian access has been restricted due to inter-Korean tensions.

All these measures are included in the comprehensive military agreement that was signed after the third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang last month.

The agreement fleshed out the military part of the April inter-Korean summit declaration that called for joint efforts to halt all hostile acts against each other on land, air and sea and practically eliminate the danger of war.

Army Col. Cho Yong-geun led South Korea's four-member delegation, while the North's side was led by Col. Om Chang-nam.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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