In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, a U.S. and a South Korean army soldiers stand before leaving from the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. The rival Koreas and the U.S.-led U.N. Command completed withdrawing firearms and troops from a jointly controlled area at the Koreas' border village on Thursday as part of their sweeping agreements to reduce decades-long military animosities on the Korean Peninsula. (South Korea Defense Ministry via AP).

2 Koreas talk about implementing recent military agreement

October 25, 2018 - 10:09 pm

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea are holding military talks on their border to discuss implementing a broad-reaching military agreement last month to reduce tensions.

South Korean Major Gen. Kim Do-gyun said Friday's discussions at Panmunjom will include establishing a joint military committee that's meant to maintain communication and avoid crises and accidental clashes.

The talks come a day after the Koreas and the U.S.-led U.N. Command completed removing firearms and troops from a jointly controlled area at the border village.

Seoul says the military agreement is an important trust-building step that will reduce border tensions and create more space for larger U.S.-led negotiations to denuclearize the North.

Some experts say the South risks conceding its conventional military strength before the North takes any concrete steps toward relinquishing its nuclear weapons.

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