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UNC says it is in talks with S. Korea over resumption of DMZ visits

All News 10:36 May 27, 2020

SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations Command (UNC) said Wednesday it is in talks with South Korea about resuming tours to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas suspended last year in the wake of the African swine fever outbreak.

The U.S.-led command, which administers the DMZ, said it facilitated the environment ministry's survey on African swine fever inside the Joint Security Area and other locations inside the buffer zone Monday.

"These #DMZ sites remain closed to tours, but UNC & ROK officials are in close coordination as we seek to balance resumption of visits and efforts to mitigate the spread of #ASF & #COVID19," the command tweeted.

ROK stands for South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea.

The unification ministry earlier said the government will resume the tours in June once the region is confirmed safe through a specimen testing in May.

In this photo, captured from the United Nations Command's Twitter account, officials conduct a survey on the risk of African swine fever inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas on May 27, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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