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North and South Korean military leaders will mull disarming parts of DMZ on Tuesday

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North and South Korean military leaders will mull disarming parts of DMZ on Tuesday

North and South Korean delegation walk as they cross the concrete border at the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom
North and South Korean delegation walk as they cross the concrete border at the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom
Photo: Yonhap/Reuters

Military leaders from North and South Korea will meet in the demilitarised zone today as they continue their tentative rapprochement.

The military-level talks will be the first of their kind in over a decade, seeking to create a roadmap towards the cessation of “all hostile acts”, which North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed upon in April as part of a broader pledge to secure a peace treaty.

This involves gradual disarmament in the Panmunjom Joint Security Area into a “zone for peace” and the reinstatement of a 2004 cooperation agreement between the two Korea’s to mitigate chances of accidental conflict around their disputed West Sea border. Additionally, the North is to continue its moratorium on missile testing and commitment to denuclearisation, while the South will end military exercises with the US.

While most topics will concern a potential long-term peace treaty, today’s talks will also focus on more immediate areas of cooperation, such as the return of troop remains from the Korean War and continued inter-military communication.

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