North Korea, South Korea and UN Command begin talks on demilitarising border

North Korea, South Korea and the US-led United Nations Command today began talks on demilitarising a section of the heavily fortified border dividing the peninsula.

Seoul’s Defence Ministry said, the first meeting between the South, North and the UNC on disarming the Joint Security Area (JSA) is being held at Panmunjom.

The JSA, also known as the truce village of Panmunjom, is the only spot along the 250-kilometre frontier where troops from the two countries stand face to face.

It was a designated neutral zone until 1976, when North Korean soldiers attacked a work party trying to chop down a tree inside the Demilitarized Zone, leaving two US army officers dead.

South and North Korea agreed to take measures to ease military tensions on their border at a meeting in Pyongyang last month between Presidents Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un.

Earlier this month, the two sides began removing landmines at the JSA as part of the deal.

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