The armed forces of North and South Korea have completed the process of withdrawing troops from 22 border guard posts (11 each) in the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) as part of a deal reached by the two countries in September aimed at preventing armed confrontation along the border areas.
The South Korean military has also begun mobilising excavators to demolish 10 of its 11 posts instead of dynamiting them, reported the Yonhap News Agency, adding that the countries are expected to keep only one each of these 22 border posts.
The disarmament of the posts, which was completed on 11 November, was followed a day later by South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo’s announcement that the two countries had also completed a demining operation at the DMZ’s Joint Security Area (JSA).
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