By Agence France-Presse
The two Koreas and the US-led UN command began talks on Tuesday about the demilitarization of a section of heavily fortified Border
"The first meeting between the South, North and the UNC to disarm the Joint Security Zone (JSA) will take place today at 10 am in Panmunjom," said Seoul's Defense Ministry in a message sent to reporters
The JSA, also known as the Panmunjom ceasefire, is the only one Location along the 250-kilometer border, where troops from both countries face each other.
It was a designated neutral zone until the "Ax Murder Incident" in 1976, when North Korean soldiers attacked a work party attempting to cut down a tree in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), leaving two US officers dead are.
South and North Korea – who are technically still at war – are ready to take action to alleviate military tensions at their border – a meeting in Pyongyang between President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un last month
This month, the two sides began removing land mines at the JSA, which is now often used for talks between the two Koreas. They will need to remove "superfluous" surveillance equipment after completing landmine work.
The September summit was the third this year between the leaders, as a remarkable rapprochement is taking place on the peninsula.
Moon has advocated engagement with the isolated North to induce denuclearization.
During his summit with Kim last month, the two men also agreed to remove some border posts by the end of the year and stop military drills in th (19659004) Tuesday's talks were the first meeting of a trilateral JSA -Commission, which consisted of the two Koreas and the UN command, which is also responsible in the southern half of the JSA.
His chief US general Vincent Brooks told reporters in August that as UN commander he supported initiatives that could reduce military tensions.
But he added that as commander of combined US South Korean forces – one of his other roles – there felt was a "reasonable degree of risk" in Seoul's plans to dismantle sentinels near the DMZ.