2 Koreas Inspect Demolition of Guard Posts

  • By Yang Seung-sik

    December 13, 2018 09:43

    Border guards of the two Koreas on Wednesday visited each other in the demilitarized zone to check on the demolition of guard posts.

    It was the first time since the signing of the armistice agreement in July 1953 that border guards crossed the military demarcation line both ways.

    According to the Defense Ministry here, some 154 guards from both sides walked along the narrow paths to visit 11 demolished or vacated guard posts in each other's side.

    North Korean soldiers are greeted by South Korean soldiers as they cross the military demarcation line in the demilitarized zone in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province on Thursday.

    The South Korean guards crossed over in the morning and the North Korean guards in the afternoon.

    "They checked whether all firearms, equipment and personnel had been pulled out of the North Korean guard posts, whether watchtowers and crenels had been removed, and whether pathways to the underground facilities and retaining walls had been destroyed," a ministry spokesperson said.

    "Both sides confirmed that each other's guard posts had been completely demolished to the extent that they could never be reused."

    President Moon Jae-in visited a bunker under Cheong Wa Dae, to watch the process on a live feed.

    Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said guards exchanged handshakes and cigarettes and chatted "in a friendly manner" before they crossed over.

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