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Seoul to withdraw personnel from some DMZ guard posts

21 August 2018

South Korea will withdraw personnel from about 10 border guard posts at the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) as part of a deal reached during the inter-Korean summit held on 27 April, Defence Minister Song Young-moo told a session of the National Assembly’s defence committee on 21 August, according to the Yonhap news agency.

While the minister did not give a specific timeline for the measure, which is aimed at reducing military tensions and building trust with North Korea, he pointed out that Pyongyang has pledged to take reciprocal steps in the DMZ.

“What it means is that we will withdraw [personnel from] one or two guard posts first and then additional ones,” Song said.

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