Koreas ‘share understanding’ on JSA disarmament, joint excavation of DMZ war remains, trial pullout of guard posts

PANMUNJOM/SEOUL, July 31 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) -- The two Koreas shared their "understanding" on disarming the Joint Security Area in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), jointly excavating war remains in the DMZ and withdrawing border guard posts on a trial basis during their general-grade military talks on Tuesday, Seoul officials said.

At the meeting, the first one since June 14, the two sides saw eye to eye on these issues seen as initial steps to enforce the military part of their leaders' April summit agreement to reduce tensions and enhance cross-border ties.

Major Gen. Kim Do-gyun led the South's five-member delegation, while the North's side was represented by Lt. Gen. An Ik-san.

The talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom, which began at 10 a.m, ended at 6:36 p.m. without any press statement, indicating a failure to reach any concrete agreement.

During last month's talks, the first in more than a decade, the two sides agreed to completely restore their military communication lines.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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