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Trilateral military talks positive, but bilateral talks between two Koreas highlight South Korean policy differences with US

18 October 2018


On 17 October, the first talks between US, South Korean, and North Korean military representatives were held following summits between their leaders in the first half of 2018.

North Korean and South Korean colonels were joined by the secretary of the United Nations Command (UNC) Military Armistice Commission, a US Army colonel. According to South Korea's Ministry of National Defense, the three parties discussed reducing the number of guard posts in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and further reducing the number of firearms authorised in the Joint Security Area (JSA), where military personnel from both sides are in close proximity.

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