North and South Korea begin removing land mines along border

North and South Korea begin removing land mines along border
Kim Jong Un in South Korea (Image: YouTube screen grab via ABC News)

[Ed. – Technically, it’s not a border; it’s an armistice line. You have to make common-sense choices sometimes when writing headlines.  Regardless, it’s positive news.  It appears that the current agreement applies to Panmunjon; it’s not clear that it extends further across the DMZ.]

Troops from North and South Korea began removing some landmines along their heavily fortified border on Monday, the South’s defense ministry said, in a pact to reduce tension and build trust on the divided peninsula.

Project details were agreed during last month’s summit in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

In a statement, the ministry said the two sides agreed to remove all landmines in the so-called Joint Security Area (JSA) in Panmunjom within the next 20 days, with military engineers performing the hazardous task on the South Korean side.

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