North and South Koreas to each withdraw 11 border guard posts by November, launch joint military committee
On Thursday North Korea and South Korea agreed to withdraw 11 border guard posts from either side and verify their removal by next month.
For reducing a border tension on borders the two sides also agreed to establish a joint military committee at the earliest date.
During the general-grade military talks at Panmunjom border village, situated in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), North and South Korea’s also decided to form a joint team comprising ten government, civilian staffers and military from each side for conducting research on the Han River estuary for ensuring safe navigation of the civilian vessels, which has been restricted due to border tensions, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Major Gen. Kim Do-gyun of South Korea (L) shakes hands with North Korea's Lt. Gen. An Ik-san before their talks at the border truce village of Panmunjon on Oct. 26, 2018, in this photo provided by the Joint Press Corps. (Yonhap)
From North Korea, Lieutenant General an Ik-san led a delegation, while Manjor General Kim Do gyun represented the South Korean side.
"The South and North agreed to make active efforts to implement the military agreement to enforce the historic Panmunjom declaration, and to this end, agreed to have close consultations through military talks and exchanges of documents," a statement by the two Koreas read.
Apart from this, the two sides held the meeting to implement and review the military agreement which was signed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un during their meeting in Pyongyang last month.
The Yonhap report said, from November 1 the divided koreas also reaffirmed their commitment to cease all hostile acts against each other on sea, air and land and start new procedure for commencing military operations.
Both South and North Korea agreed to contribute jointly to prepare for a project thoroughly to excavate mortal remains of soldiers killed in 1950-53 Korean war in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) , which is about to begin in April next year.
Following Moon’s meeting with Kim in the past few months, inter-Korean relations have dramatically increased this year.
Kim and Moon have met thrice in April, May and September agreeing to cease hostilities against each other, strengthening inter-Korean cooperation and achieving complete denuclearisation in the Korean Peninsula.