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(LEAD) Two Koreas sign comprehensive military agreement on reducing tensions

All Headlines 11:41 September 19, 2018

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SEOUL/PYONGYANG, Sept. 19 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) -- The defense chiefs of the two Koreas on Wednesday signed a comprehensive military agreement intended to reduce tensions and prevent accidental clashes.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo and his North Korean counterpart No Kwang-chol inked the agreement in Pyongyang, which is part of efforts to enforce the two Koreas' April summit agreement to halt "all hostile acts" against each other and "practically eliminate the danger of war."

The agreement came shortly after a summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The details of the agreement were not immediately made public.

Before the summmit, the two sides had a series of talks over a range of proposals, such as withdrawing border guard posts on a trial basis, carrying out a joint project to excavate Korean War remains in the Demilitarized Zone and disarming the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom.

Some have anticipated that the two sides could include an agreement on ways to prevent clashes in West Sea near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a de facto sea border.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo and his North Korean counterpart, No Kwang-chol, sign an agreement on reducing tensions in Pyongyang on Sept. 19, 2018, in this photo captured from a screen at the press center in Seoul. (Yonhap)


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