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Seoul, Pyongyang begin demining parts of DMZ

01 October 2018

North and South Korea have begun removing landmines from parts of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) as part of an agreement reached between the neighbouring countries aimed at easing tensions and preventing accidental clashes.

Seoul and Pyongyang launched on 1 October the demining operation in the DMZ’s Joint Security Area (JSA), which they have agreed to disarm, as well as in parts of Cheorwon, in Gangwon Province, where they also plan to carry out a joint project to excavate the remains of fallen troops during the 1950–53 Korean War, according to the Yonhap News Agency.

North and South Korea and the UN Command (UNC), which oversees activities in the DMZ, are also expected to launch trilateral consultations over a range of issues, such as how the troops will operate following their disarmament, reported Yonhap, adding that the agenda may also include plans to station 35 troops from each country in the JSA for joint security operations.

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