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U.N. Command approves mine removal on North-South Korea border

U.N. Command approves mine removal on North-South Korea border

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SEOUL, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The United Nations Command has approved the South Korean government's plan to remove landmines on the North and South Korean border areas, VOA reported on Wednesday. North and South Korean authorities started removing landmines along the border this week as part of the process to ease military tensions, agreed in the third inter-Korean summit. "Consistent with the spirit of the U.N. Armistice Agreement, as well as the recent Comprehensive Agreement between North and South Korea, the United Nations Command authorized the current demining efforts ongoing at the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom," U.N. Command's public affairs officer Chad Carroll was quoted as saying the VOA report. He added that the United States Forces in South Korea will aid South Korean Army engine...
North Korea agrees to shut missile site, says Moon

North Korea agrees to shut missile site, says Moon

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut one of the country's main missile testing and launch sites, says the South's President Moon Jae-in.After meeting in Pyongyang, the two leaders "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation," said Mr Moon. The agreement was described by Mr Kim as a "leap forward" towards military peace on the peninsula.Mr Kim also said he hoped to "visit Seoul in the near future" - he would be the first North Korean leader to do so.Summit results: DenuclearisationThe main focus of the summit was the issue of denuclearisation. While the US and North Korea agreed in broad terms earlier this year to work towards that goal, negotiations have stalled. Pyongyang has now sought to reconfirm its commitment...
South Korean president to fly to North Korea for 1st time to continue nuclear talks

South Korean president to fly to North Korea for 1st time to continue nuclear talks

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South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is expected to fly to Pyongyang for the first time next week in the hopes of accelerating international efforts to denuclearize North Korea. "At this stage, I believe it is most important to put a complete end to military tensions between North and South, or possibility of military conflict, or war threat," Moon told reporters Thursday. It will be the third summit this year between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The first two meetings -- in April and May -- took place at Panmunjom, which separates the two Koreas. Moon and South Korean delegation will fly directly to Pyongyang using the Western air route, Moon's office said, adding that an advance team will take the land route to Pyongyang Sunday for preparations. Next week's summit is ...
North Korea adds new twist to big parade: Reporter's notebook

North Korea adds new twist to big parade: Reporter's notebook

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I've seen many military parades around the world, but nothing that rivals the spectacle of Sunday's parade in Pyongyang. There were tens of thousands of North Korean troops -- goose-stepping under leader Kim Jong Un's viewing balcony in Pyongyang's Kim II Sung Square. And tens of thousands of civilians in the parade marking the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding as well. We were in the massive square named after Kim's grandfather, the country's founding leader. Kim was just above us, waving at the adoring crowds below, whose emotions seemed genuine as they sat in the hot sun waiting for a glimpse of their "Supreme Leader." Despite the display of military might, which included tank battalions, rocket launcher and military aircraft that formed the number 70th above the square, ...
North Korea holds parade – but something's missing

North Korea holds parade – but something's missing

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North Korea has held a huge military parade - the first since negotiations with the US over denuclearisation began in earnest - as the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding. Previous public parades have included nuclear missile launchers, but they did not feature during Sunday's celebration in Pyongyang - a clear sign that leader Kim Jong Un did not want to cause diplomatic provocation as negotiations continue. Image: The parade was commemorating North Korea's 70th anniversary as a nation At the end of the parade, Mr Kim waved to the crowd hand in hand with Li Zhanshu, one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's closest advisers - a sign of ever-closer relations between the two countries, and an indication this display...