North and South Korea remove the first 20 guard border posts

Soldiers from North and South Korea today began the demolition of twenty border posts in the demilitarized zone. The action is part of a plan to reduce the tensions between the two states.

At the end of October, generals from North and South Korea had agreed to remove ten border posts. Each in the demilitarized zone between the two states. After the posts were cleared earlier, soldiers started dismantling today.

South Korea has a total of about sixty border posts in the demilitarized zone, while North Korea has around 160. The aim is that all of them will eventually disappear.

North and South Korea are still technically at war with each other, but in recent months relations on the Korean peninsula have improved considerably. The dismantling of border posts is part of a broader range of measures to reduce the military presence at the border area.

©EPA-South Korean soldiers leave the border post in Gangwon-do, South Korea in early November.

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