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2 Koreas remove firearms, guard posts, troops from DMZ area

North and South Korea have completed the removal of all firearms, guard posts and troops from part of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two countries, in line with last month’s inter-Korean agreement aimed at reducing tensions, the South announced Thursday.

The Defense Ministry said the disarmament work, which also involves the U.S.-led United Nations Command, was completed by 1 p.m. in the Joint Security Area, located in the truce village of Panmunjeom.

The two sides agreed to disarm the JSA under a military agreement reached between their defense chiefs on Sept. 19 in Pyongyang, during the third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In their summit declaration, the two sides also «agreed to expand the cessation of military hostility in regions of confrontation such as the DMZ into the substantial removal of the danger of war across the entire Korean Peninsula and a fundamental resolution of the hostile relations.»

All — Kyodo News+

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