Koreas to complete destruction of 10 border guard posts each

Koreas to complete destruction of 10 border guard posts each

Agency News

Seoul, Nov 29 : As part of their military accord to reduce tensions, the two Koreas will finish demolishing ten guard posts in the demilitarized zone and demining a battle site in the buffer zone by Friday, South Korea's defense ministry said here.

To be completed by Friday, the two tasks began in October in an indication that the Koreas are committed to fulfilling the accord that their defense chiefs signed in September after the third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang, a report in Qatar news agency said.

In a press briefing, the ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo said on Thursday, "The demolition of the guard posts will be completed by tomorrow.

The demining work has been progressing at Arrowhead Ridge, or Hill 281, in Cheorwon, 90 kilometers northeast of Seoul -- a site that the two sides have designated for the project to retrieve troop remains from April to October next year. The land mine clearance operations are aimed at ensuring safety for the excavation project.

The bilateral military accord includes a series of confidence building and conventional arms control measures, such as disarming the Joint Security Area in the DMZ and setting up air, ground and maritime buffer zones to prevent accidental clashes. (UNI)