June 15, 2018 09:21
Army generals from the two Koreas met at Tongilgak on the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on Thursday. They agreed to try and prevent accidental clashes in the West Sea and restore cross-border military communication lines.
They also discussed ways to demilitarize the Joint Security Area in the truce village. It was the first meeting of generals from the two sides in 11 years and the first military talks since 2014.
The two Koreas had already agreed to implement an agreement reached by generals on June 4, 2004 to prevent accidental clashes in the West Sea, ensuring that naval vessels do not stand up to each other there, halt propaganda activities along the military demarcation line and remove propaganda loudspeakers.
The generals also discussed implementing an April 27 declaration signed by President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to completely cease all hostile acts, turn the areas around the Northern Limit Line in the West Sea into a maritime peace zone, and take other measures to promote exchanges.
South Korea proposed that guards in the JSA stop carrying firearms.
But differences remained over the details.
Lt. Gen. An Ik-san, who led the North Korean delegation, asked his South Korean counterparts whether a pine tree planted by Moon and Kim in Panmunjom on April 27 is thriving. He asked South Korea let him know in the first message after the military communication lines open.
An also showed a picture of a pine tree former President Roh Moo-hyun planted in a botanical garden in Pyongyang during the second inter-Korean summit in 2007.
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