Two Koreas Meet Again With UN on Border Disarmament

Truce village will be guarded by unarmed personnel

After several successful meetings over the past two weeks, North and South Korean officials are meeting against at the truce village of Panmunjom on Monday, with UN Command officials in tow. Once again, the discussions are on the specifics of dialing back border tensions and further disarming the area.

The meetings aren’t of the huge, earth-shattering type as the Moon-Kim summits, but the fact that they keep holding more meetings on the disarmament of the border regions several times a week shows how serious both sides remain on making progress.

De-mining has already begun at the border, guard posts dismantled and heavy weapons removed from the area around Panmunjom. The end goal is to have the village guarded by 35 unamred personnel from each nation.

Ultimately, this is a test for disarming the entire border, and assuming a peace treaty comes along, the dismantling of the demilitarized zone outright in favor of a normalized border. The two nations have already agreed to reconnect road and rail links.

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