Two Koreas hold military talks

TOKYO, The two Koreas held working-level military talks Thursday to discuss details of a comprehensive agreement aimed at reducing border tensions and building mutual trust, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The meeting was held in the truce village of Panmunjom within the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas, the report said.

Army Colonel Cho Yong-geun leads South Korea’s three-member delegation, while the North’s side is led by Col. Om Chang-nam.

“We will have discussions related to the agreement on the military part (of the summit accord),” Cho told Yonhap before the talks.

The two sides are expected to discuss a series of issues, such as withdrawing Demilitarized Zone guard posts on a trial basis and disarming the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom.

The results of the talks are likely to be included in the envisioned military agreement, which is expected to be officially adopted by President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un during their third summit slated to occur in Pyongyang from September 18-20, it said.

During the July 31 general-grade talks, Seoul and Pyongyang shared the understanding in “broad terms” over the issues of fostering peace in the Demilitarized Zone in line with the April summit agreement to transform the border area into a “peace zone.

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