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Koreas to verify DMZ guard post pullout

All Headlines 07:52 December 12, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korea will verify their recent work to withdraw some guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) through mutual onsite visits Wednesday, Seoul's defense ministry said.

They will each send a seven-member verification team for each guard post subject to their pullout agreement, which is part of a broader accord aimed at reducing military tensions and building confidence.

Seoul and Pyongyang initially agreed to demolish 11 guard posts each in the DMZ but decided later to keep one of them each unarmed in light of their historical value.

Each team, led by a colonel-level officer, consists of five verification personnel and two filming staff. To walk across the Military Demarcation Line, the teams will use a cross-border path newly built to carry out the one-day verification task.

In the morning, South Korea will verify the North's guard posts, while the North will check the South's in the afternoon.

The Koreas' defense ministers signed the comprehensive military accord, which includes the withdrawal of 11 guard posts after the third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang.

The accord includes a series of confidence building and conventional arms control measures, such as disarming the Joint Security Area in the DMZ and setting up air, ground and maritime buffer zones to prevent accidental clashes.

This image, provided by Yonhap News TV, shows troops engaging in a project to remove some border guard posts. (Yonhap)

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